State Announces Increased Food Assistance

The more than 1.2 million people in Michigan who are eligible for food assistance will receive an additional payment by the end of January that raises their monthly amount by 15%. The move was announced Thursday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. It says the increase was included in the recently passed Congressional relief bill. As a result, Michigan food assistance recipients will see the 15% increase added to their Bridge Cards by the end of January in addition to benefits they received earlier in the month. Food assistance will increase by $102 per month for a household of four, which will now receive $782 per month. The maximum SNAP benefit now available for a single person is $234 per month. In subsequent months, the 15% increase will be added to Bridge Cards from January. The increase is in effect through June.