More emergency food assistance benefits to be issued in January

Eligible people will see benefits on their Bridge Card from Jan. 15-24

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FILE — Michigan families are expected to receive an extra $95 in SNAP benefits in January. (Pictured: Jan. 10, 2022.)

FILE — Michigan families are expected to receive an extra $95 in SNAP benefits in January. (Pictured: Jan. 10, 2022.)

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer approved an extra food assistance payment to help Michigan families in response to the pandemic as we begin the new year. 

Roughly 1.28 million Michiganders, close to 700,000 households, will see additional food assistance benefits on their Bridge Card from Jan. 15-24, according to a press release from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Jan. 11, 2022.

The benefits will be loaded onto Bridge cards without any extra paperwork as a separate payment from the assistance that is provided earlier in the month.

"As we face the omicron variant of COVID-19, we must continue delivering support to Michigan families for their basic needs," Whitmer said in a statement. "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."

Some Michiganders began receiving additional food assistance in April 2020 after the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic that started the month before. In May 2021, all eligible households began getting extra monthly benefits, but, federal approval is necessary every month.

All households eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program receive an increase of at least $95 monthly, even if they are already receiving the maximum payment or are close to that amount. Households that received over $95 to bring them to the maximum payment for their group size will continue to receive that larger amount, according to the state.

Below are the maximum allowable benefits for SNAP customers based on their respective household sizes:

  • One person: $250
  • Two persons: $459
  • Three persons: $658
  • Four persons: $835
  • Five persons: $992
  • Six persons: $1,190
  • Seven persons: $1,316
  • Eight persons: $1,504

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, according to the release.

People who receive food assistance can check the balance of their benefits on their Michigan Bridge Card by going online here or calling a consumer service representative toll-free at 888-678-8914. They can ask questions about the additional benefits by calling or emailing their caseworker.