Families receiving food assistance through the Federal Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program should prepare for reduced benefits given during the pandemic.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that recent federal legislation will end increased food stamp payments.
February will be the last month for people in Michigan and other states to receive additional food aid benefits. However, depending on household size and other factors, the total benefits lost can exceed $500 per month.
Those affected may seek resources to meet this reduction in benefits. Options include food banks and other institutions within the community. www.michigan.gov/MI Bridges Find it under the Explore Resources tab or call 211.
Those affected by the change can visit www.michigan.gov/mdhhs For information on resources such as free or discounted school lunches, the WIC Program for Women and Babies, and Double Food Bucks. Match every dollar you spend.
For financial management purposes, SNAP benefits are valid for 9 months after they are issued.
Regular benefits are based on household size, income and deductions. The reduction amount varies depending on individual circumstances.
As an example, a single-person household with a net monthly income of $700 could reduce their total monthly SNAP benefits from $281 to $71. For her family of four with a net income of $1,700, the amount of assistance could drop from $939 to $429.
Michigan residents receiving food assistance can find the typical monthly amount for their Bridge Card by visiting: www.michigan.gov/MI Bridges Or call us at 844-464-3447.
More information on how benefits related to the pandemic are changing can be found at: Michigan.gov/2023BenefitChanges.
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