Gov. Whitmer announces increase in SNAP benefits as food costs soar
Michiganders to Receive Additional Assistance in May to Lower the Cost of Groceries
With the rising cost of food, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced an increase in SNAP benefits.
According to a press release, Michigan families who are eligible for food assistance benefits will continue to receive at least an additional $95 monthly payment in May to help lower the cost of groceries.
Whitmer says, the additional assistance will help approximately 1.36 million Michiganders in more than 700,000 households.
“Michiganders will continue to be able to put nutritious food on the table thanks to our ongoing partnership with the federal government,” said Whitmer said.
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.
Eligible families do not need to re-apply to receive the additional benefits.
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
Secured by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow as Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, 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.
Customer service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Spanish and Arabic service is available. If you are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing or speech-impaired, call the Michigan Relay Center at 7-1-1.