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Access to Food Benefits
Access to Food Benefits
Pam Turner
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Pandemic EBT Program is a new program for families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches at school.

The pandemic Electronic Benefits (P-EBT) provides temporary funding for families that need emergency food during the pandemic.  Your child’s approved school meals application will now automatically qualify them for benefits. 

If you have recently lost income or if you want to see if you qualify, complete an application at https://www.lunchapp.com/.  It’s quick and easy!  Once your application is approved, you will automatically receive an EBT/Bridge card in the mail.  It will be a pre-loaded debit card.  The amount depends on the number of children who qualify. 

 

How Much will families get?

For March and April combined: $193.80 for each eligible student will be loaded on the family’s Bridge Card by the end of April.

For May and June combined: $182.40 for each eligible student will be loaded on the family’s Bridge Card on a later date. 

 

Families not receiving Food Assistance Program (FAP) benefits will get an EBT card in the mail

The EBT card will be issued under the name of the oldest student in the household. Benefits for all eligible school-aged children in the home will be loaded onto this one EBT card.

Before receiving their card, families will get a letter from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services describing how to use their EBT card and other information about food assistance benefits. This EBT card can be used to purchase food items only. Food must be purchased in-person and at a SNAP retailer. The P-EBT card may look different from the Bridge Card, but the card and benefits can be used the same way as the Bridge Card.

 

Families receiving Food Assistance Program (FAP) benefits will get additional benefits added on their Bridge Card.

These additional benefits can be used the same way families would normally use their Bridge Card to purchase food items. P-EBT benefits can also be used in the Double Up Food Bucks Program.

For more information about EBT/Bridge cards, go to https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_5526_61229---,00.html .