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Michigan Bridge Card - Food Stamps - Michigan EBT
Bridge Cards or Food Stamps for Michigan Students
A growing number of Michigan College students are applying for assistance with food costs while attending Michigan Colleges and universities. While there is some debate over eligibility as in previous years as state took a role of making it more difficult for students to apply for and qualify for assistance, with today's challenging economic environment and students sometimes having to choose between books and a nutritional diet, or getting another part time job that detracts from study time - more is now being done to make it easier for students to apply for and obtain assistance.
Although there is still some debate by taxpayers if students should qualify, proponents agree that the Bridge Card or food stamp program was enacted to help in exactly these circumstances - those needing temporary assistance - and who better to provide with help than Michigan's future work force?
In some Michigan counties, Genesee, for example, which includes, Flint, Mt. Morris, Clio, Burton and other neighboring communities - well established educational facilities such as U of M (University of Michigan), Mott Community College, and many others - some students are now using the services of state licensed delivery service such as GFO or www.mybridgecard.com to have food delivered to their housing both on and off campus. While business cannot deliver prepared or heated ready-to-eat products, like ordering from the local pizza joint, students receive nutritious foods and can use their bridge card as payment.
Although some are concerned about program abuses, students are required to submit the same financial disclosures as non-students, included rent, utilities ,and sources of income, etc., it is easier now to apply for help, and a student can now see if they are eligible and apply online. www.mibridges.michigan.gov/access/ .