Michigan SNAP

Michigan Farmers Market Food Assistance Partnership has been working with farmers markets across Michigan to help more of them accept payment from customers who use the Michigan Bridge Card for Food Stamps/EBT/SNAP benefits. While income generated from SNAP participation is still a drop in the bucket for small farms, it increased by 270% from 2007 to 2008. Local farms need to check with farmers market managers to see how they can participate. It helps them while providing low income residents have access to healthy foods at their peak nutritional value. Everyone wins!

Michigan Highlights:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • SNAP benefits are fully federally funded
  • SNAP administrative costs are shared by the federal and Michigan state governments
  • To qualify for SNAP benefits, recipients must have an income below 130% of the poverty level, or less than $27,564/year for a family of four
  • Benefits are based on the USDA Thrifty Food Plan
  • During April 2009, nearly 1.5 million (1,450,554) Michigan residents received SNAP benefits (774,404 adults and 601,236 children)
  • Recipients’ average household size was 2.09 persons
  • The average monthly benefit in April 2009 was $241 per household or $115 per recipient
  • Total Michigan payments during the month of April 2009 were $189,869,012
  • Each $1.00 of SNAP benefits generates about $1.80 in economic activity.
  • Recipients generally spend SNAP benefits immediately

Susan Smalley
Michigan Farmers Market Food Assistance Partnership
Michigan State University
Lansing, Michigan

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