In Michigan, the Department of Human Services administers the Food Assistance Program. In order to receive food stamp benefits, there are several eligibility requirements that must be met. Your household must submit verification of residency, income, assets and expenses. For example, the food asset limit is $5,000. This includes all checking and savings accounts, investments and vehicles. You must be a U.S. citizen and live in Michigan to receive food stamp benefits from the state.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you should proceed with applying for food stamp benefits. The best way to apply is online using MI Bridges. You can also visit this link to download the application if you wish to submit it in person, via fax or mail to a local DHS office. Once you submit an application, it must be approved or denied within 30 days. Your case is assigned to a DHS specialist who will verify your information, including your residency, identity and financial situation. If you’re approved for the Food Assistance Program, you will be issued a Michigan Bridge Card to purchase eligible food products. This EBT card operates like any debit card. Simply swipe at the register and enter your four-digit PIN.
1. When will benefits be loaded into my EBT account?
A full breakdown of the issuance schedule is available here.
2. What should I do if my Michigan Bridge Card is lost or stolen?
If your Michigan Bridge Card is lost or stolen, call Customer Service at 1-888-678-8914 to have a new one issued.
3. I have more questions about the Food Assistance Program. Who should I contact?
For more questions about the Food Assistance Program, call 1-855-275-6424.
4. How can I check the balance on my Michigan Bridge Card?
To check the balance on your Michigan Bridge Card, simply log on to their websiteand enter your account information to check your balance and transaction history.
5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?
Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.
Contact: Michigan Food Stamp Website.