Michigan Bridge Cards glitch on Jan. 3, leaving thousands without benefits
This situation is causing a huge uproar, both among people who were expecting their food stamps to be available for groceries on Thursday and with the spinoff chatter about food stamps in general:
The Associated Press is reporting in a story that we have posted via The Monroe Evening News‘ feeds that food stamp benefits that were supposed to be available by 8 a.m. Thursday Jan. 3 via the Michigan Bridge Card did not get credited to the accounts.
This involved about 1/10th of the client pool, anyone whose accounts ended in the number 0.
Michigan’s food stamps are not automatically deposited to all eligible accounts on the first of the month, as many states do, but are staggered throughout the month in a schedule designed to help even out the customer flow for participating retailers. Each client gets food stamp benefits once a month on whatever date their card is assigned for reload.
The account chart that I posted when the new schedules took effect in early 2011 continues to be the most searched for and most read piece on Monroe on a Budget.
Saturday Jan. 5 would be the next regularly scheduled posting date, with that calendar for those accounts who have a number 1.
I also have lots of links and prior food stamp discussions in my archives that include what purchases are eligible or not and why; how financial need is determined in the application process; and why food stamp clients may also be eligible for other charity and public assistance programs.
Update: Here’s an AP story from 11 a.m. Friday that explains all affected cards should be reset by end of business day Friday.