LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has announced a permanent increase of monthly benefits for those receiving food assistance.

Benefits are rising approximately 6.8%, as the temporary 15% pandemic assistance increase expires this month.

“Increases in monthly food assistance benefits have helped Michigan residents feed their families during an international pandemic,” said Lewis Roubal, MDHHS senior deputy director for opportunity. “As the temporary 15% hike expires, we are pleased that our federal partners have acted so that families who need help putting food on the table will still receive a modest increase in their benefits. MDHHS remains committed to helping address food insecurity in Michigan.”

Household Size and the respective Monthly Increase:

  • A household of 1 will see a monthly increase of $16.
  • A household of 2 will see a monthly increase of $29.
  • A household of 3 will see a monthly increase of $42.
  • A household of 4 will see a monthly increase of $53.
  • A household of 5 will see a monthly increase of $63.
  • A household of 6 will see a monthly increase of $76.
  • A household of 7 will see a monthly increase of $84.
  • A household of 8 will see a monthly increase of $96.

Recipients of food assistance do not need to take any action to receive the increased amount.

It will be added to the October benefits.

In Michigan, more than 1.25 million people in close to 680,000 households receive food assistance.