More than 1.3 million Michiganders will have an additional $95 in their monthly grocery budget.
Michigan families who are eligible for food assistance benefits will continue to receive at least an additional $95 monthly payment in August to help lower the cost of groceries. The additional assistance will help more than 700,000 households.
The assistance is a continuation of pandemic aid that first started in April 2020. Each month federal approval is needed to continue the extra payments.
“This additional $95 monthly payment will lower costs and help households use their hard-earned dollars to buy school supplies and pay the bills,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a Wednesday statement. “I will work with anyone to put money back in people’s pockets so they can thrive. This continued assistance ensures that federal tax dollars get returned to Michigan and are spent at Michigan businesses.”
Eligible clients who receive food assistance received the additional benefits on their Bridge Card by Aug. 22. These benefits are loaded onto Bridge Cards as a separate payment from the assistance provided earlier in the month.
All households eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 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 more than $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 SNAP customers based on their respective household size:
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
Eligible families do not need to re-apply to receive the additional benefits. To check benefits balance on a Michigan Bridge Card, go online to www.michigan.gov/MIBridges or call a consumer service representative toll-free at 888-678-8914.