More food access opportunities available

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Ale Crevier

If you or your family are still in search of food access during the COVID-19 crisis, you may be eligible for the Pandemic EBT Program. Eligible families with students between the ages of 5 and 18 have the opportunity to receive assistance, regardless of whether or not you have signed up for Food Assistance Program benefits. No application is necessary for either group to receive P-EBT benefits.

If you are enrolled in the Food Assistance Program, an additional stipend of $193.80 per eligible student will be loaded onto your existing family Bridge Card for the month of March and April. These benefits will be loaded onto the Bridge Card by the end April. Between May and June, $182.40 per eligible student will be put onto your card and will be issued at a later, yet to be determined, date.

If you are not enrolled in the Food Assistance Program, and are eligible, you will be issued a pre-loaded Electronic Benefits Transaction card directly to you place of living under the name of the eldest student in the family with instructions prior to the card. Benefits per student are also $193.80 for March and April and will be issued by the end of the first week in May; $182.40 will be distributed for May and June at a later date.

This information was adapted from Food Bank Council Of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services‘ websites.

Visit michigan.gov to see the full press release regarding the Pandemic EBT Program.

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