Families in Michigan Who Are Eligible for Additional Food Assistance Will Get at Least $95 in March.
Families receiving food assistance in Michigan can expect extra help this month to help with rising shopping expenses.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced on Monday that Michigan households will get an additional $95 to help with food costs.
“As we continue to develop our economy,” Whitmer said in a statement, “Michiganders will receive greater assistance to put food on the table in March.”
“With this alleviation, families will be able to prosper and contribute to our continued economic growth.” With our ideas to roll back the retirement tax, boost the Earned Income Tax Credit, and cut the cost of gas, we will continue to collaborate with our federal allies to get things done by lowering out-of-pocket food prices and putting money in people’s pockets.”
The cost of food at home, as well as the cost of shopping, is increasing. Groceries prices jumped 1.4 per cent in February, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and are up over 9% for the year.
According to the data, the monthly increase in groceries in February was the biggest since April 2020.
In February, the cost of food grew by more than 1% across all six categories tracked by the bureau, bringing the year’s total to nearly 8%.
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, additional aid for those qualifying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, popularly known as food stamps, will benefit about 1.31 million Michiganders in over 700,000 households.
The extra benefits will be loaded onto Bridge Cards until March 28 for eligible individuals. Benefits will appear as a separate payment from those that were loaded onto cards earlier in the month. The increased benefits do not require reapplication.
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the federal government is increasing SNAP payments in response to COVID-19.
Since the epidemic began in March 2020, some families have received further assistance. According to MDHHS, by May 2021, every qualified household will receive at least $95 in additional benefits.
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More food benefits for people on monthly assistance were granted by the Biden administration in October. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released improved dietary standards for its Thrifty Food Plan, or TFP, which increased the average amount of SNAP benefits received before the epidemic.
The raises are for the fiscal year 2022, which began on Oct. 1 and average $36 per person. The USDA discovered that the cost of a nutritious, practical, and cost-effective diet is 21% higher than the existing TFP when it reevaluated the TFP.
Online at michigan.gov/MIBridges or by calling 888-678-8914, people can check their Bridge Card balance.
The customer assistance line is open every day of the week, 24 hours a day. There are services in both Spanish and Arabic.
The Michigan Relay Center can be reached at 7-1-1 by persons who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired.