Michigan previously approved the additional food assistance for
March, April and May – and now that is being extended for the
month of June with approval from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.
“As we carefully move Michigan to the next phase of the MI Safe
Start Plan, it’s important to note that many families who have
been impacted by the pandemic still need help putting nutritious
food on the table,” Gov. Whitmer said. “MDHHS, its dedicated
staff, and I remain committed to helping them as our state
recovers from the impact of the pandemic.”
Eligible clients will see additional food assistance benefits on
their Bridge Card by June 30, with payments beginning for some
households on June 20. Additional benefits will be loaded onto
Bridge Cards as a separate payment from the assistance that is
provided earlier in the month.
Nearly 1.5 million people in Michigan receive federal
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits
through the state’s Food Assistance Program
Households eligible for Food Assistance Program benefits
will receive additional benefits in June to bring all current
SNAP cases to the maximum monthly allowance for that group size.
This change only applies to customers not currently receiving
the maximum benefit amount. The 350,000 households that receive
increased benefits represent close to 50 percent of the 729,669
of Michigan households that receive food assistance. The
remaining households already receive the maximum benefit.
The table below shows the maximum allowable benefit for SNAP
customers based on their respective household size:
One Person: $194
Two Persons: $355
Three Persons: $509
Four Persons: $646
Five Persons: $768
Six Persons: $921
Seven Persons: $1,018
Eight Persons: $1,164
The federal government is providing additional funding to states
for food assistance under House Resolution 6201, the Families
First Coronavirus Response Act.
Eligible families do not need to re-apply to receive the
additional benefits. People who receive food assistance can
check their benefits balance on their Michigan Bridge Card by
going online to www.michigan.gov/MIBridges a
consumer service representative toll-free at 888-678-8914. They
can ask questions about the additional benefits by calling or
emailing their caseworker.
Customer service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Spanish and Arabic service is available. If you are deaf,
deafblind or hard of hearing or speech-impaired, call the
Michigan Relay Center at 7-1-1.
Information around the COVID-19 outbreak is changing rapidly.
The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.