Michigan SNAP Food Assistance Program and 2023 Pandemic Emergency Allotment Boost Extension – Latest Updates and News

This article provides information on Michigan’s SNAP program, known as the Food Assistance Program (FAP), including the latest on the Emergency Allotment (EA) extensions for 2023.

Many state residents benefit from the federally funded, state administered program, which was designed to help families facing pandemic related hardships over the last few years. See further details and payments schedules below.

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2023 Emergency Allotments

Michigan has requested and received USDA approval for paying the SNAP Emergency Allotments for January and February 2023.

The SNAP emergency allotment (EA) program provides additional “boosted” payments to households that are already getting regular state FAP benefits.

The extra monthly EA payment will boost monthly SNAP/FAP benefits by 15%, up to the maximum amount for their household size. The minimum boost is $95, including for households that are already receiving the maximum benefit amount.

If eligible, you will get the SNAP EA payment/allotment boost on your Michigan Bridge Card from 2/18 to 2/28 per the waiver notice below. A catch-up run will occur in the first week of March, which will include any eligible retroactive payments.

Michigan SNAP Feb EA Waiver (USDA)
Michigan SNAP Feb EA Waiver (USDA)

These allotments are a lifeline to many households in the absence of additional stimulus payments or expanded unemployment benefits.

SNAP EA Benefits Ending? Is an Extension Likely?

Despite passing a $1.7 trillion spending bill, no additional funding was allocated for further SNAP Emergency allotments after February 2023.

So the extra SNAP EA boost will end in March 2023 with only regular payments being made after that point.

At this stage no further extensions for SNAP EA or monthly extra payments are in the works. I will post further updates as applicable or if this changes based on various pieces of legislation Congress is reviewing.

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State SNAP/FAP Resources and Contact Information

The Food Assistance Program (FAP) program assists low-income households by providing them with financial assistance to purchase food. This program helps individuals and families afford more nutritious options at grocery stores and supermarkets.

Eligible participants will be issued an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT or P-EBT) or Michigan Bridge Card, which can be used to make eligible food purchases. The card is secured by a PIN, which you should change regularly to prevent unauthorized use.

See more on the state’s SNAP/FAP page including information on payment schedules and how to apply for this and other state assistance programs.

MAX SNAP Payments
MAX SNAP Payments in 2023
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2 thoughts on “Michigan SNAP Food Assistance Program and 2023 Pandemic Emergency Allotment Boost Extension – Latest Updates and News”

    • That’s the case everywhere unfortunately. All these stores who raised prices (in the name of inflation) won’t be lowering them anytime soon. So will see bumper profits while the average American consumer will suffer.


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