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More than $100 Million Cut From Mich.'s Food Assistance Program

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Starting November 1, more than $100 million will be cut from the state's Food Assistance Program, also known as food stamps.

These benefits were given to help states recover from the Great Recession, so now the program reverts back to pre-2009 stimulus levels.

"Those were never expected to be permanent dollars and of course they do sunset this week," said David Akerly with the Department of Human Services.

Around 1.75 million people in Michigan rely on the food assistance program. The 5 percent decrease will cause a family of four to lose about about $36 dollars a month, or about a dime per meal.

But "no one is being cut from this program," assured Akerly.

Regardless, food banks are getting ready in case of an influx of people. "So we will do everything we can to make sure our pantry network, our kitchen and shelter network have adequate supplies of food," said Joe Wald, the executive director with the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

The Department of Human Services says Bridge Card holders should check their balances before shopping again, to make sure every user knows how much they have before shopping.

To check a card balance, call 1-888-676-8914. It will ask for the card number and pin.

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