LANSING, Michigan (WJMN) – Michigan families eligible for food assistance benefits will receive an additional monthly payment in August due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says more than 1.25 million people in approximately 700,000 Michigan households will benefit.
“As we continue our economic start-up, we need to make sure every Michigan family can put food on the table,” Governor Whitmer said. “My administration, the MDHHS and other partners have worked to ensure that no one goes hungry in the midst of a global pandemic. It is essential for us to continue our efforts, and I thank the Biden administration for helping us feed 1.25 million Michiganders in 700,000 homes across the state.
Additional food aid benefits will be added to Bridge Cards from August 7 to 13. The benefits will be loaded onto the cards as a separate payment from the aid allocated earlier in the month.
“The MDHHS is happy to be able to continue to help families affected by the pandemic to put food on the table,” said Elizabeth Hertel, director of the MDHHS. “We will continue to work hard to provide Michigan residents who need them with easy access to benefits.”
Some Michigan residents began receiving additional food assistance in April 2020 due to the pandemic. In May 2021, all eligible households started receiving the additional monthly benefits. Federal approval is required monthly.
SNAP recipients receive at least $ 95 of additional assistance per month. Households that receive more than $ 95 to reach the maximum payment for their household size will continue to receive this higher amount.
The maximum benefits allowed for SNAP customers based on the size of their respective household are:
- One person: $ 234
- Two people: $ 430
- Three people: $ 616
- Four people: $ 782
- Five people: $ 929
- Six people: $ 1,114
- Seven people: $ 1,232
- Eight people: $ 1,408
Federal funding for states to provide food assistance falls under House Resolution 620, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Eligible households do not need to reapply to receive the additional benefits. People receiving food assistance can view their benefit balances online or by calling 888-678-8914. Social workers can answer additional questions.
Customer service is available 24/7. Service in Spanish and Arabic is available. If you are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing or hard of hearing, call the Michigan Relay Center at 7-1-1.
Information about the COVID-19 epidemic is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.