"Michigan Food Stamps Eligibility and EBT Guide"

If you are trying to see if you are eligible to apply for Food stamps in Michigan (SNAP) or need more information about Michigan EBT, you’ve come to the right place. The Michigan food stamps and EBT program also called the Food Assistance Program, is a federal nutrition program that helps low-income individuals and families buy food.

Food Stamps benefits can be used to purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and some farmers’ markets.

The program is run at the state level by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

If you apply and are approved for benefits, your monthly food stamps allocation will be given to you each month on a plastic card called an EBT (electronic benefits transfer) card, which works like a debit card.

We have provided below everything you need to know to successfully apply for food stamps. We have also explained how EBT Card works and what you can expect with your card if you are approved for food stamps.

Table of Contents:

  • Should I apply for Michigan Food Stamps?
  • Who is Eligible for Michigan Food Stamps?
  • Michigan Food Stamps Income Limit
  • How Much Will I Receive in Michigan Food Stamps?
  • How to Apply for Michigan Food Stamps
  • How long to get Approved for Michigan Food Stamps?
  • What is the Michigan EBT Card?
  • What can I buy with EBT in Michigan?
  • Which Michigan Grocery Stores Accept EBT Online?
  • What time are Food Stamps EBT deposited in Michigan?
  • How to Check Michigan EBT Card Balance?
  • How Do I Get a Michigan EBT Card Replacement?
  • Michigan EBT Card Discounts, Perks, and Freebies

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Should I apply for Michigan Food Stamps?

If you’ve hit tough times and are struggling to afford food for yourself or your family, you should consider applying for food stamps.

The food stamps program is a federal entitlement program. This means anyone who is eligible will receive benefits. You will not be taking away benefits from someone else if you apply.

In addition, the food stamps program is a nutrition program and not a welfare cash assistance program (which is called TANF). You do not have to be receiving TANF to get food stamps.

Who is Eligible for Michigan Food Stamps?

To be eligible for food stamps in Michigan, you have to meet the Gross Income, Net Income, and Asset tests.

Additionally, if your household has an elderly (over 60) or disabled member, you may be exempt from the Gross Income, Net Income, and/or Asset tests.

In Michigan, eligibility for SNAP is limited to people with gross incomes up to 130% of the federal poverty line.

Also, your net income (Gross income minus allowable deductions) cannot exceed 100% of the poverty level.

Furthermore, able-bodied adults without dependents can only receive three months of benefits during any three-year period if they’re not working a minimum of 20 hours per week or participating in a training program.

Michigan Food Stamps Income Limit

Below is the food stamps income limit for Michigan. It is based on the number of people in your household.

For example, if you are a family of 4, you cannot make more than a gross income of $3,007 a month to qualify for food stamps.

Michigan SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2023
Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023
Household Size Monthly Gross Income (130% of FPL) Monthly Net Income (100% of FPL)
1 $1,473 $1,133
2 $1,984 $1,526
3 $2,495 $1,920
4 $3,007 $2,313
5 $3,518 $2,706
6 $4,029 $3,100
7 $4,541 $3,493
8 $5,052 $3,886
Each Additional Household Member: Add $512 $394

Michigan Food Stamps Asset Limit

Effective 12/01/19 the food stamps asset limit in Michigan is $15,000.

How Much Will I Receive in Michigan Food Stamps?

The amount of food stamps benefits a household gets depends on how many people are in the household and how much monthly net income remains after taking allowable deductions.

A family of 4 can receive a maximum food stamps benefit of $939.

Because food stamps households are expected to spend about 30 percent of their own resources on food, the amount of food stamps you get is calculated by multiplying your household’s net monthly income by 0.3 and subtracting the result from the maximum monthly allotment for your household size.

Maximum SNAP Benefit Amount by Household Size for Fiscal Year 2023
Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023
Household Size Maximum SNAP Benefit Allotment
1 $281
2 $516
3 $740
4 $939
5 $1,116
6 $1,339
7 $1,480
8 $1,691
Each Additional Household Member: Add $211

Michigan Food Stamps Work Requirement

The state of Michigan has very strict work requirements when it comes to eligibility for food stamps.

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the work requirements below before applying for benefits.

Able-bodied individuals may only receive food assistance benefits for up to three months within a 36-month period without meeting the work requirements listed below.

There are three ways an individual can meet the time limit work requirements:

  • Work an average of at least 20 hours per week each month in unsubsidized, self and/or in-kind employment.
  • Participate 20 hours per week in an approved employment and training program, averaged monthly (available in select counties only).
  • Participate in community service by volunteering at a nonprofit organization.

Michigan Work Requirement Exemptions

However, you may be exempt from meeting work requirements if you meet any of the following federal criteria:

  • Are physically or mentally unable to work.
  • Receive Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance due to disability or blindness, or receives Supplemental Security Income or State Disability Assistance.
  • Are pregnant.
  • Receive or are an applicant for unemployment benefits.
  • Participate in a drug or alcohol treatment and rehabilitation program.
  • Attend training or college at least half-time and meet the student eligibility criteria to receive food assistance.
  • Care for an incapacitated person or a child under age 6 (they do not have to live with you).
  • Reside in a household with a child under the age of 18.

How to Apply for Michigan Food Stamps

There are 3 ways you can apply for food stamps in Michigan.

Option 1 – Apply online

You can apply online through the MI Bridges Portal – as shown in the image below.

If you have an account, you can log in or create your MI Bridges Account. Click here to be taken to the website.

Option 2 – Apply at MDHHS Office Near You

You can apply in person at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) office near you. Click here to locate an MDHHS office.

Option 3 – Download the Michigan Food Stamps Application

You can download an application, complete it, and mail it to your county MDHHS office or submit it in person.

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How long to get Approved for Michigan Food Stamps?

Generally, a decision will be made on your Michigan food stamps application within 30 days of the day you submitted a COMPLETE application.

Once you submit a complete application, your caseworker will schedule an interview with you to review your application information and ask any questions they may have about the information you submitted.

What is the Michigan EBT Card?

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The Michigan EBT Card, also known as the Michigan Bridge Card is used to administer your monthly food stamps and cash benefits.

If you are approved for food stamps, your monthly food stamps allocation will be given to you each month on a Michigan EBT Card, which works like a debit card.

You can access your SNAP and/or Cash benefits using your Michigan Bridge Card and your 4-digit PIN.

What can I buy with EBT in Michigan?

You are allowed to use your food stamps benefits card to buy foods that your household will prepare to eat at home, including the following

  • breads and cereals
  • fruits and vegetables
  • meats, fish and poultry; and
  • dairy products
  • Seeds and plants to produce food for the household to eat
  • Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream
  • Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes
  • Energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label
  • Energy drinks that have a supplement facts label are classified by the FDA as supplements and are therefore not eligible

What you CANNOT buy with EBT in Michigan

Now that you know what you can buy with your SNAP card, here is the list of things you CANNOT buy with the card:

  • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
  • Any nonfood items, such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, diapers, and household supplies
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Food that will be eaten in the store
  • Hot foods
  • Live animals

NOTE: In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.

Which Michigan Grocery Stores Accept EBT Online?

The following grocery stores accept Michigan SNAP EBT cards online for pickup and/or delivery.

  • ALDI
  • Amazon
  • Earth Fare
  • Garden Fresh Market
  • Meijer
  • Sam’s Club Scan and Go
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Wesco
  • Whole Foods

What time are Food Stamps EBT deposited in Michigan?

SNAP benefits in Michigan are sent out from the 3rd to the 21st of the month. The day your benefits are available on your Michigan Bridge Card is based on the first three letters of your last name.

Here’s the complete SNAP EBT Schedule for Michigan.

If your ID Number ends in Benefits are deposited on the
0 3rd of the month
1 5th of the month
2 7th of the month
3 9th of the month
4 11th of the month
5 13th of the month
6 15th of the month
7 17th of the month
8 19th of the month
9 21st of the month

How to Check Michigan EBT Card Balance?

There are three ways to check your Michigan EBT Card balance.

Option 1

Call 1-888-678-8914 to check the balance on your Michigan EBT Card.

Option 2

Option 3

  • You can also check the balance by locating your Last Receipt.

How Do I Get a Michigan EBT Card Replacement?

To report your card lost, stolen, damaged, or not received in the mail call the Michigan EBT Customer Service number at – 1-888-678-8914.

If your EBT card is stolen and benefits are used these benefits cannot be replaced.

You can also call the number above for the following:

  • To report your card lost, stolen, damaged, or not received in the mail.
  • To know the date your benefits will be available in your account each month.
  • To know if your benefits have been deposited into your account and get your account balance.
  • To hear your last 10 transactions.
  • To file a claim if you question a transaction in your account.
  • If you want to select or change your PIN.
  • If your card does not work.
  • To find the nearest location where you can use your card.
  • If you have other questions about or problems with your card.

Michigan EBT Card Discounts

Your Michigan EBT Card comes with some perks, discounts, and freebies. This includes:

  • 50% Discount on Amazon Prime Membership
  • Discounts on Home or Cell Phone Service
  • Up to $30 credit toward home internet service
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 towards the purchase of a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer

For details on the SNAP EBT discounts and perks described above, continue reading below.

Sign up for Amazon Prime Discount for EBT Holders

Amazon.com has announced that beneficiaries enrolled in some government assistance programs can now get Amazon Prime subscriptions for $6.99 a month. EBT Cardholders are included in this offer.

This means that if you are currently receiving benefits on an EBT card, like Food Stamps, you can sign up for Amazon Prime discount for EBT holders. To sign up, click here to be taken to their sign-up page.

The regular Amazon Prime membership is $14.99 a month. However, if you have an EBT Card, you can get Prime Membership for $6.99. That’s over 50% off the regular price.

Discounts on Home and Cell Phone Services

If you are currently on Food Stamps, and your income is below a certain level, you may qualify for FREE or low-cost cell phone or home phone service for you or a member of your family through the Federal Lifeline Program, which serves nearly 13 million Americans.

The Lifeline Program program provides discounts on cell phone service or home phone service for qualifying low-income consumers, including those on Food Stamps.

Here are the companies that participate in the program in the state of Michigan.

There are different companies providing cell phone (Mobile Service) and home phone service (Home Service). Be sure to view the “Type of Service” column to make sure you are selecting the right company.

  • Home Service means that the provider offers Lifeline home phone or Internet service.
  • Mobile Service means the provider offers Lifeline mobile phone or Internet service.
Company Name Phone Type of Service
Blanchard Telephone 989-561-9930 Home Service
Bloomingdale Communications Inc.* 800-377-3130 Home Service
Frontier Communications 800-921-8101 Home Service
FeelSafe Wireless (Air Voice)* 877-247-7799 Mobile Service
Carr Telephone Company 231-898-2244 Home Service
Hiawatha Telephone Company* 866-321-2323 Home Service
Upper Peninsula Telephone Company* 855-642-4227 Home Service
AcenTek 888-404-494 Home Service
Climax Telephone Company 800-627-5287 Home Service
Assurance Wireless* 888-898-4888 Mobile Service
Kaleva Telephone Company 866-321-2323 Home Service
Truestream 888-485-2537 Home Service
TDS Telecom/Island Telephone Company 888-225-5837 Home Service
Life Wireless* 888-543-3620 Mobile Service
Springport Telephone Company 517-857-3100 Home Service
HomeWorks Connect* 800-668-8413 Home Service
American Broadband & Telecommunications* 866-966-2628 Mobile Service
TDS Telecom/Chatham Telephone Company 888-225-5837 Home Service
Ontonagon County Telephone Company* 866-321-2323 Home Service
Tag Mobile* 866-959-4918 Mobile Service
Q Link Wireless* 855-754-6543 Mobile Service
Access Wireless* 866-594-3644 Mobile Service
AT&T* 855-301-0355 Home Service
Waldron Telephone Company 517-286-6211 Home Service
Deerfield Farmers’ Telephone Co.* 800-311-7340 Home Service
AT&T Mobility* 800-377-9450 Mobile Service
StandUP Wireless* 800-544-4441 Mobile Service
TDS Telecom/Communications Corporation of Michigan 888-225-5837 Home Service
Westphalia Telephone Company 855-878-0210 Home Service
North American Local* 877-200-1427 Home Service
Sand Creek Telephone Company* 866-380-5721 Home Service
TDS Telecom/Shiawassee Telephone Company 888-225-5837 Home Service
Lennon Telephone Company 810-621-3301 Home Service
Chapin Telephone Company 989-661-2476 Home Service
Midway Telephone Company* 866-321-2323 Home Service
Ace Telephone Company of Michigan, Inc 888-404-4940 Home Service
Ace Telephone Company of Michigan, Inc* 888-404-4940 Home Service
Global Connection of America* 877-511-3009 Home Service
Baraga Telephone Company* 906-353-6644 Home Service
CenturyLink 800-244-1111 Home Service
Winn Telephone Company* 989-866-2421 Home Service
Safelink Wireless* 800-723-3546 Mobile Service
Tempo Telecom* 877-822-8501 Mobile Service
Ogden Telephone Company 517-443-5595 Home Service
Thumb Cellular 866-321-2323 Mobile Service
StandUP Wireless 800-544-4441 Mobile Service
TDS Telecom/Wolverine Telephone Company 888-225-5837 Home Service
Barry County Telephone Company 866-321-2323 Home Service
Michigan Central Broadband Company 906-639-1111 Home Service
SafetyNet Wireless* 888-224-3213 Mobile Service
Boomerang Wireless* 866-488-8719 Mobile Service
American Broadband & Telecommunications* 866-966-2628 Home Service
Pigeon Telephone Company* 800-292-0614 Home Service

An asterisk (*) after the company name means that this service provider offers both ACP and Lifeline.

Discounts on Internet Service and Laptop/Tablet

If you are currently on Food Stamps, and your income is below a certain level, you may qualify for FREE or low-cost internet service and a one-time credit towards the purchase of a laptop or tablet. for you or a member of your family through the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

How much of a discount will I receive on my Internet Service?

If your household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program, you can receive:

  • Up to a $30/month discount on your internet service
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 towards the purchase of an eligible laptop, tablet, or desktop computer

For the companies that participate in the program in the state of Michigan, see the Michigan Low Income Free Internet Program guide.

Michigan Food Stamps and EBT Summary

We hope this post on Michigan Food Stamps and EBT was helpful.

If you have further questions about SNAP Benefits & EBT, or Personal Finance topics affecting low-income households, please let us know in the comments section below.

Be sure to check out our other articles on low-income personal finance. 

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