The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has extended the program allowing Michigan families to get the maximum assistance through July.

The additional assistance is part of the states response to the Coronavirus pandemic, and will help more than 350,000 Michigan families. The original program ran from March through June, but as been extended by Governor Whitmer, along with the Michigan State of Emergency extension.

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Governor Whitmer talked about how important the additional food benefits are to families in need in Michigan right now.

Many Michigan families are still struggling to put food on the table as a result of this global pandemic. These additional payments will help many Michiganders as they continue to deal with an unprecedented public health and economic emergency.

The additional resources will be automatically put on to eligible recipients SNAP cards between July 20th and July 30th.

If you are unsure if you qualify for the additional assistance, you can check on your status here.

There has been no official announcement about the assistance going beyond July, but my guess is that it will be extended through August. With Gov Whitmer extending the state of emergency, and the rise in new cases, it feels like we still have a long way to go.

These additional benefits are often the difference in having enough food, and going to be hungry for many Michigan families. It's good to know that families on assistance can breathe a little easier for the rest of the month.