Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) or Bridge Card

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Program (P-EBT)/Bridge Card

The P-EBT Program provides temporary funding to address emergency food needs and avert financial hardship for families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Who is eligible to receive a P-EBT/Bridge Card?
Families with students ages 0-26 who are enrolled in the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) program for students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

How will my family receive a P-EBT/Bridge Card?
Eligible families not currently receiving food assistance benefits will receive an Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transaction (P-EBT) card, also known as a Bridge Card. 

Benefits for all eligible children in the home will be loaded onto an P-EBT Card. Prior to receiving the card, families will get a letter from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) describing how to use their P-EBT Card, how to set up their pin, and other information about food assistance benefits. 

When will I receive the P-EBT/Bridge Card? 
The MDHHS notices should arrive at your home address by the week of April 27, if not sooner and the P-EBT cards should arrive by the first week of May. 

What is the amount of the P-EBT/Bridge Card? 
The benefits will include $193.80 per eligible student to cover the months of March and April and an additional $182.40 per student to cover May and June combined. 

What if I am already enrolled in the Food Assistance Program?
Families currently receiving food assistance benefits will be issued supplemental benefits to their existing benefits and should begin receiving their additional benefits next week - with payments being staggered over a 10-day period. 

This information was adapted from the michigan.gov website. For more information, click on the active links below:
Food to Families 
Michigan Department of Education FAQs 
Pandemic EBT Program Flyer
Step by Step Card Set-Up Directions