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Published 6/5/2020
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Food Support Continues

Additional Food Assistance for 350,000 Michigan Families in Response to COVID-19 Emergency Extended Through June

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Approximately 350,000 Michigan families will continue to have access to additional food assistance benefits during the month of June as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today. 

Michigan previously approved the additional food assistance for March, April and May – and now that is being extended for the month of June with approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.

“As we carefully move Michigan to the next phase of the MI Safe Start Plan, it’s important to note that many families who have been impacted by the pandemic still need help putting nutritious food on the table,” Gov. Whitmer said. “MDHHS, its dedicated staff, and I remain committed to helping them as our state recovers from the impact of the pandemic.”

Eligible clients will see additional food assistance benefits on their Bridge Card by June 30, with payments beginning for some households on June 20. Additional benefits will be loaded onto Bridge Cards as a separate payment from the assistance that is provided earlier in the month.

Nearly 1.5 million people in Michigan receive federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits through the state’s Food Assistance Program.

Households eligible for Food Assistance Program benefits will receive additional benefits in June to bring all current SNAP cases to the maximum monthly allowance for that group size. This change only applies to customers not currently receiving the maximum benefit amount. The 350,000 households that receive increased benefits represent close to 50 percent of the 729,669 of Michigan households that receive food assistance. The remaining households already receive the maximum benefit.

The table below shows the maximum allowable benefit for SNAP customers based on their respective household size:

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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 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, 7 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.

Information around the COVID-19 outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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Update 5/31/2020

More than 38,000 people in Michigan have recovered from Coronavirus the state reported on Saturday. Earlier in the week, officials announced the likely loosening of more virus-related restrictions within the state to be announced soon.

Miss Michigan 2019, Mallory Rivard will continue her reign as the 2020 pageant was canceled due to COVID-19. Rivard, now Miss Michigan 2020, hails from Bay City. 

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What began
as a silent march evolved into a violent protest in Grand Rapids on Saturday.  On Sunday morning, volunteers streamed to the city streets to clean up the damage.

Genesee County Sheriff
Chris Swanson joined protesters in Flint on Saturday night, in response to the murder of George Floyd. While there is significant unrest across the nation and even in other Michigan cities, the protest in Flint, which occurred in the area of Miller Road in Flint Township, was peaceful.

A planned protest
by a group opposed to Governor Gretchen Whitmer that was to take place at the State Capitol was canceled as George Floyd protests across the nation grew violent. Organizers have condemned the riots.

The City of Lansing
has implemented an overnight curfew in response to protests that turned violent.  The curfew went into effect immediately upon issue on Sunday night; closing down the city from 9pm to 5am.