The Food Assistance Program (formerly known as "food stamps") is our state's first defense against hunger. However, the program remains remarkably underutilized even as emergency food providers face dramatic increases in need.
Thanks to an ARRA grant from the Michigan Department of Human Services, food pantries, shelters, kitchens and other social service networks are being trained and mobilized to conduct Food Assistance outreach and help individuals apply for Food Assistance benefits.
In helping people apply for Food Assistance, we ensure all Michigan residents receive the benefits they are eligible for, reducing the number of people facing hunger in Michigan. In addition, the Food Assistance Program strengthens Michigan by injecting federal dollars into the economy as benefits are spent at local retailers.
To learn more about the Food Assistance Program (known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, at the federal level), visit the Michigan Department of Human Services Food Assistance page. Information about the federal program can be found at the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program page.