Michigan Food Assistance Program

The Food Assistance Program (FAP) is a joint initiative between the USDA and the State of Michigan’s DHS that aims to help low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled buy an adequate supply of nutritious food.

Michigan requires all able-bodied SNAP recipients ages 18—49 without dependents to meet special work requirements. Otherwise, receipt of benefits is limited to no more than 3 months within a 36-month period.


In order to qualify for FAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in Michigan
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines
  5. Have less than $5,000 in resources

Those receiving SSI may get their food benefits through Michigan Combined Application Project (MiCAP) instead.


What is the maximum income to qualify for food stamps in Michigan? #


Most families in Michigan with gross income up to 130% of the federal poverty level, about $2,590 a month for a family of three, qualify for food assistance.

How to apply for SNAP in Michigan? #


Requests for benefits can be made in person at the local DHS county office or online through MI Bridges. An interview with a DHS specialist will then be arranged to determine your eligibility, usually within 5 days.

How long does it take to get food stamps in Michigan? #


No later than 30 working days from the date the office received your application. Once you’re determined to eligible, you will receive an electronic EBT card, known as “Michigan Bridge Card”, that is preloaded with approved cash benefits.

Those who have less than $150 per month in income and no more than $100 in resources may get their first FAP benefits within 7 days after they apply. This is called an expedited issuance.