If you have a Michigan EBT Card, there are several ways you can obtain the balance on your card. In this post, we will explain in detail the three ways you can check your Michigan EBT Card Balance.
This Post Will Cover:
- How to Check Michigan EBT Card Balance
- List of Stores That Take EBT Online for Delivery
- Michigan EBT Frequently Asked Questions
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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is responsible for administering Michigan Food Stamp benefits to approved, low-income households. These benefits allow households to buy the food they need for good health.
If you are approved for Michigan food assistance, your benefits will be deposited electronically on an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card. The Michigan EBT Card, also known as the Michigan Bridge Card is similar to a standard ATM or debit card.
Food stamp benefits are deposited on your Michigan EBT Card on the same day every month. Michigan EBT Card benefits can be accessed by 5AM the morning after they are posted to your Bridge Card account.
Benefits can be used to make approved food purchases at eligible retail locations. Most Michigan grocery stores throughout accept the EBT Bridge Card as payment.
For instructions on how to check the balance on your Michigan EBT Card, keep reading below.
How to Check your Michigan EBT Card Balance
There are three options for checking your Michigan Bridge Card balance. Here they are:
Option 1 – Locate Your Last Purchase Receipt
One of the easiest ways to check your Michigan EBT Card balance is to find the most recent purchase receipt or ATM receipt (for TANF recipients only).
At the bottom of the receipt, you will find the current balance on your card. In order to use this method to check your balance, be sure to save all of your recent Michigan Bridge Card receipts.
Option 2 – Check Your Bridge Card Balance Via Phone
Another option is to check your card balance by calling the Michigan EBT Bridge Card Customer Service phone number at 1-888-678-8914 (toll-free). Representatives are available to help you retrieve your Bridge Card balance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Before you call, be sure to have your EBT Card number, 4-digit PIN, and Social Security Number (SSN) ready. You must provide this information to receive your Bridge Card balance information.
Option 3 – Check Your Bridge Card Balance Online
The last option to check your Michigan Bridge Card balance is online. You can find out your EBT Card balance online by using the Michigan Connect EBT website. Once you are on the site, enter your User ID and Password to access your EBT Bridge Card balance. Click the “Login” button once complete.
If you do not have a Michigan Connect EBT login, click the “Create User Account” button if it is your first time accessing your Bridge Card information online. You will see instructions on how to create an account for online access to your Michigan EBT Card.
List of Stores That Take EBT Online for Delivery
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) started a pilot program (Online Purchasing Pilot) to allow select grocery stores to accept EBT cards online for grocery shopping, including delivery to your doorstep.
Currently, there are 17 grocery stores that accept Michigan EBT online for home delivery or pick-up.
The grocery stores listed below allow Michigan EBT cardholders to buy food online for delivery.
Bridge Street Market
Capital City Market
Garden Fresh Market
Quality Dairy Co.
Sam’s Club Scan and Go
Woodward Corner Market
For more information about how you can use your EBT Card to shop online for delivery, click here.
Michigan EBT Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions about the Michigan EBT Card.
How much will I get on my EBT card each month?
The amount of benefits you receive on your Bridge Card each month is determined by your income and household size. You can use the Maximum Monthly SNAP Amount Chart to find out the highest amount of benefits you can receive each month.
I have seen people purchase non-food items with an EBT card. I thought SNAP was only for food?
Yes, SNAP benefits are only for food. However, some people have an EBT card for their TANF (cash assistance) benefits. You can use TANF benefits to purchase food and non-food items. For information on TANF eligibility, contact your local government benefits assistance office.
Can I have someone else help me shop using my EBT account?
Ask your local Michigan Food Stamps caseworker about setting up an Authorized Representative (AR). The AR will have a separate card with his or her own account number and PIN.
In addition, the EBT system is able to track which card is used at any time. The AR will have access to your entire benefit account.
Can I use my EBT card in other counties and other states?
Your EBT card will work at any store or ATM that accepts EBT Cards in the United States, as well as the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.
Additionally, there are no rules against using your EBT card outside of your state of residence. However, you are required to report any address change to your local county public assistance office.
If I don’t use all of the benefits I received this month, will these benefits still be available to me next month?
Yes, benefits that are not used in the month issued will stay in the EBT account. You may use these benefits in the following months.
What do I do if I suspect someone has stolen benefits from my Bridge Card account?
If your EBT card is stolen or compromised, immediately call the Michigan Bridge Card Customer Service phone number. The Michigan Bridge Card toll-free helpline is 1-888-678-8914 (TTY: 711).
During your call, a customer service representative will cancel your Bridge Card and have a new one mailed to you. Replacement cards will be received within 3-5 business days.
You should also contact your local DHS caseworker to alert them, as well as file a police report.
How do I report a store or person that I think is misusing food or cash benefits (committing fraud)?
Misusing benefits on purpose is a federal crime. If you misuse benefits, your benefits can be taken away. To report a store or person misusing benefits, click here.
What items am I allowed to purchase with my EBT card?
For information on items that you are allowed to purchase with EBT food benefits, click here. Cash aid may be used to purchase anything that can be legally purchased with currency (cash).
Can I go to a bank teller and withdraw money from my EBT account?
No, you may only withdraw money from an ATM or through a cash-back/cash-only withdrawal at a participating store. Additionally, bank tellers do not have information or access to EBT accounts.
Are there any fees for using my Michigan EBT Card?
There is never a charge for using your card to buy food. However, any Bank surcharges (if any) for using cash machines will be taken from your account.
How do I buy food and items with my Bridge Card?
Here’s how to use your Bridge Card to purchase food items:
- Swipe your card at the store’s payment machine.
- Then select “EBT” from the card options.
- Next, enter your 4-digit PIN.
- Complete the transaction and take your receipt – it will show your current Bridge Card balance at the bottom.
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Also, be sure to check out our other articles about Michigan Food Stamps and EBT, including:
- Michigan Food Stamps Income Limit
- Farmers Markets In Michigan that Double Your EBT Money
- How to Apply for Michigan Food Stamps
- MI Bridges Login Help
- How to Create a Michigan Bridges Account
- Grocery Stores that Accept EBT online