Michigan Extends Additional Food Assistance For 350,000 Families Through December – CBS Detroit
(CBS DETROIT) – Food aid to 350,000 families was extended to December.
Michigan had previously approved the additional food aid from March – and this is now being extended to December with approval from the US Department of Agriculture.
“No Michigander should have to worry about putting food on the table for himself and his families, especially during a pandemic,” said Governor Whitmer. “That’s why my administration is working hard to support families who need it most. I will continue to work with MDHHS to help every Michigander overcome this crisis. “
Eligible customers will receive additional food aid benefits on their Bridge Card through December 30th. Payments for some households will begin on December 21st. Additional benefits are loaded onto Bridge Cards as a separate payment from the support provided at the beginning of the month.
More than 1.2 million people in Michigan receive federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits under the state Food Assistance Program.
Households eligible for nutritional support will receive additional benefits in December to bring all current SNAP cases to the maximum monthly allowance for this group size.
This change only applies to customers who are not currently receiving the maximum benefit amount. The 350,000 households receiving higher benefits represent more than 50 percent of the more than 680,000 Michigan households that received food aid in September. The other households are already receiving the maximum benefit.
“During the holiday season in particular, we want to help families who are struggling to put food on the table due to the pandemic,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “This additional food aid is critical to ensuring that Michigan residents consume nutritious foods.”
Eligible families do not need to reapply to receive the additional benefits. People receiving food aid can check their balance on their Michigan Bridge Card by going online at www.michigan.gov/MIBridges or by calling a customer service representative at toll-free number 888-678-8914. You can ask questions about the additional benefits by calling or emailing your agent.
Customer service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Spanish and Arabic is available. If you are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing or speech impaired, call the Michigan Relay Center at 7-1-1.