Teens – Aging Out of Foster Care

Youth in foster care face many challenges as they near the age of 18 and as their high school years end.  “Aging out” means they will have to support themselves, find housing, buy groceries, and assume all responsibility for their own lives.  This is a lot for any teenager, but especially those that may not have the security of a family behind them.  This page provides resources to help these young adults think about their nutrition and health.

Nutrition Education

Nemours – TeensHealth

Food and fitness resources for youth.

Food Education

Michigan State Government

Food prep, food safety, grocery shopping, recipes, etc. for foster youth.

Cooking Matters

Various recipes from Cooking Matters classes.

Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center

Handout with helpful tips on food prep/access for young adults aging out of foster care.

Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills

Cooking skills and nutrition education fact sheets.


Grocery shopping, food budgets, menu planning , etc. for low-income adults.


Food Insecurity

Center for the Study of Social Policy

Explains SNAP benefits for this population.

List of soup kitchens, pantries, and food banks in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Explains how to apply for FoodShare benefits.

Wisconsin WIC

Information about WIC eligibility.


Time limits for SNAP benefits for “able-bodied adults without dependents.”


General Resources

Kids Matter Inc.

Information on obtaining BadgerCare.

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Interactive map of independent living coordinators.