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700,000 Michigan families on food assistance get extra benefits this month

An increase to maximum benefits continues while all other households will see at least $95 more
Michigan households receiving SNAP benefits will get an additional payment in June. (Photo...
Michigan households receiving SNAP benefits will get an additional payment in June. (Photo source: USDA)
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 11:27 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - All Michigan families who receive food assistance will get an additional payment in June.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says a program that started in April 2020 to give all households the maximum benefit will continue. About 350,000 households that qualify for less than the top benefit for their size automatically have received the maximum benefit for 15 months.

In addition, about 350,000 households already receiving the maximum benefit for their size will receive at least $95 more for the second month. The increase comes from funding in the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

The extra payment will be deposited on Bridge Cards beginning Saturday and before June 22.

“As we continue to return to normal, it’s important to note that there are still many people who are struggling due to the global pandemic,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel.

More than 1.2 million people from 700,000 households in Michigan receive federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits through the state’s Food Assistance Program. Maximum benefits range from $234 per month for a single person to $929 per month for a family of five.

Nobody needs to apply or make any changes to receive the additional SNAP benefits payment on their Bridge Cards this month. The payment automatically will be deposited by June 22.

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