Extra SNAP benefits to end after February for Michigan families

Michigan families receiving additional food assistance benefits throughout the COVID-19 pandemic will stop seeing extra payments in March, following a change in federal law.

The temporary boost in food assistance benefits — commonly known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — was meant to help low-income families weather the economic hardships of the pandemic and is expected to end nationwide after next month, according to the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services advises families to “prepare and seek out any needed resources to accommodate this reduction to your benefits,” according to its website.

Food assistance benefits are loaded onto Bridge Cards and do not expire at the end of the month they are issued, according to MDHHS. Unused payments are available 274 days after they are put onto cards.

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