All Michigan families who are eligible for food assistance benefits are to receive an additional monthly payment this month in response to the pandemic, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced today, Sept. 15.\u00a0 Eligible people can expect to see these additional food assistance benefits on their Bridge Card from Sept. 18-28. More benefits will be loaded onto Bridge Cards as a separate payment from the assistance that is provided earlier in the month, according to a press release issued by MDHHS. All households eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are to 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. Below are the maximum allowable benefits for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program customers based on their respective household size:\u00a0 One person: $234 Two persons: $430 Three persons: $616 Four persons: $782 Five persons: $929 Six persons: $1,114 Seven persons: $1,232 Eight persons: $1,408 In April 2020, some Michigan residents began receiving additional food assistance after the pandemic began. In May 2021, all eligible households began getting extra monthly benefits from the MDHHS. \u201cMDHHS remains committed to continuing to help families affected by the pandemic put food on the table,\u201d said MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel in a statement. \u201cAddressing food insecurity is one of the department\u2019s top priorities and becomes even more important during a pandemic.\u201d Additionally, 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. People who receive food assistance can check their benefits balance on their Michigan Bridge Card by going online to www.michigan.gov\/MIBridges 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.