Once the February Bridge Card deposits are finished, over 700,000 Michigan residents will no longer get additional SNAP food benefits.
As the COVID-19 outbreak began, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has been giving additional food aid for almost 3 years. The additional payments will soon come to an end due to a change in federal law.
Starting with the Bridge Card payments in March, the federal funding agreement that was authorized and signed in December would not include cash for further food assistance.
Under the state’s Food Assistance Program, roughly 1.3 million individuals from around 700,000 families in Michigan get benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
In January and February, all families will continue to get the highest amount of benefits allocated for their size, and homes already getting the maximum amount will get a rise of at least $95 per month.
From April 2020, not long after the coronavirus epidemic started, Michigan has been providing all eligible families with the maximum amount of SNAP payments.
Monthly SNAP deposits will return to usual guidelines depending on income, family size, and discounts starting in March. From $281 for a single recipient to $1,116 for a family of 5, benefits are available.
Since we are all affected by inflation, we would like to ensure that our clients are ready for the shift now that we are aware of the additional benefits’ upcoming removal, according to Lewis Roubal of the Michigan Department of Human Resources.