LANSING, Mich. (WJMN) – Michigan families eligible for food assistance benefits will continue to receive at least an additional $95 in September to help offset the cost of groceries.

Federal approval is necessary each month for the program, through which some Michigan residents began receiving additional food assistance in April of 2020.

In May 2021, all eligible households began receiving the extra monthly benefits. The additional payments will be issued to more than 1.3 million Michiganders in over 700,000 households.  

“We will keep working together to help over 1.3 million Michiganders put food on the table,” Governor Whitmer said in a release. “This extra $95 monthly payment will lower grocery bills and help households use more of their hard-earned dollars for bills, school supplies, and other essential expenses. I will work with anyone to put money back in people’s pockets so they can get a little breathing room. This assistance ensures that federal tax dollars get sent back to Michigan and are spent at Michigan businesses.”

Eligible clients who receive food assistance will receive the additional benefits on their Bridge Card by September 26. 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. 

The maximum allowable benefits for SNAP customers based on their respective household size are as follows: 

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.  This was, in part, determined by Senator Debbie Stabenow as Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee.

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.