LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - All 1.28 million Michigan residents who receive SNAP food assistance will get an additional payment again in January.
This additional assistance is an effort to make groceries more affordable as food prices increase. Eligible recipients will see the additional food assistance on their Bridge Card from Jan. 15 to 24.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says these benefits will be loaded onto Bridge Cards as a separate payment from the assistance that is provided earlier in the month.
About 1.28 million people from nearly 700,000 households in Michigan receive federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits through the state’s Food Assistance Program.
All households will receive the maximum benefits allowed for their size and households already receiving the maximum will receive an increase of at least $95 per month.
“As we face the omicron variant of COVID-19, we must continue delivering support to Michigan families for their basic needs,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “My administration will keep working with our federal partners to do whatever we can to make sure Michigan families can put food on the table.”
Michigan has been paying maximum SNAP benefits to all eligible households since April 2020, soon after the coronavirus pandemic began. Benefit amounts for all households increased in May 2021.
Maximum benefits for households range from $250 per month for a single person to $992 per month for a family of five. Funding for the additional benefits was included in the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Recipients do not need to apply or make any changes to receive the additional SNAP benefits payment on their Bridge Cards this month. Those who receive food assistance can check their Michigan Bridge Card benefits balance online.