For EBT Customers

How to Use your Quest/EBT at Market

   Take your EBT Card to the booth with the sign “Quest/EBT welcome here!” If it is not obvious where the EBT machine is located, ask the market’s Information Booth or Market Manager.

   Purchase “market money” with your EBT card: these may be tokens or special paper “dollars.”

   Use your “market money” to buy USDA-approved items from vendors: fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and eggs, dairy products, baked goods, food-producing plants, and more!

Enjoy your fresh, delicious foods! See our Recipe Links page for preparation suggestions.

How to Apply for Quest/EBT (SNAP/FoodShare/food stamps)

Apply online at

Apply in person at the Dane County Job Center, 1819 Aberg Ave. in Madison, or DHS Offices in Stoughton and Sun Prairie.  Call Dane County Department of Human Services, (608) 242-7441, for an appointment.

To apply over the telephone in Dane County, call the Capital Consortium at 1-888-794-5556. There may be long hold times.

The FoodShare Helpline, a service of Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin,  can help provide information about FoodShare/EBT eligibility and offer free help with filling out an application. Call 1-877-FOOD-635.


Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Assistance: The FairShare CSA Coalition’s Partner Shares Program offers subsidized CSA shares for low-income households, and accepts SNAP for CSA payment. CSA shares provide members with a regular assortment (weekly, or many have bi-weekly options), of the freshest produce and other foods available on the farm. Invest in your local farmer, and enjoy the bounty!

Get Around: Madison Metro Transit bus service

Grow your own: SNAP benefits can be used to purchase seeds and plant starts for food-producing plants. No land? No problem, join a community garden! With nearly 60 community gardens located throughout Dane County and opportunities to start more, food savings could be just down the street. Learn more at