Michigan's 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—50 without dependents to meet special work requirements through unsubsidized, self and/or in-kind employment.
Otherwise, receipt of benefits is limited to no more than 3 months within a 36-month period. This is known as a time limit.
Who is eligible for SNAP in Michigan? #
In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Live in Michigan
- Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
- Show proof of identity
- Meet certain income guidelines
- Have less than $15,000 in resources — this asset test may soon be abolished.
Those receiving SSI may get their food benefits through Michigan Combined Application Project (MiCAP) instead.
What is the income limit for SNAP in Michigan? #
Most families in Michigan with gross income up to 200% of the federal poverty level, about $3,838 a month for a family of three, qualify for food stamps.
Gross income limit applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income.
College students in Michigan who are enrolled at least half-time are now eligible for SNAP if they meet income and other program requirements.
How much is SNAP in Michigan? #
SNAP benefits may vary from family to family depending on a variety of factors, including the household size, income and allowable deductions.
For example, a family of three with no income may receive up to $740 in monthly benefits or $440 each month if the family has a net monthly income of $1,000.
- Family Size SNAP Benefits
- 1 $281
- 2 $516
- 3 $740
- 4 $939
- 5 $1,116
- 6 $1,339
- 7 $1,480
- 8 $1,691
The actual SNAP benefit amounts are based on a household's net income with a general rule that an increase of $100 in net income results in a reduction of $30 in benefits.
How do I apply for SNAP in Michigan? #
Requests for benefits can be made in person at the local MDHHS county office or online through MI Bridges. An interview with a MDHHS specialist will then be arranged to determine your eligibility, usually within five (5) days.
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.
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. MDHHS will either approve or deny your application within 30 days unless you qualify for expedited services.
If you are eligible for expedited FAP benefits, you may get your first benefits within seven (7) days. This is called an expedited issuance.