What is food insecurity?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.

In Michigan, 14.2% of residents, and 16.3% of children are food insecure. Programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and food pantries can help families and individuals make ends meet when they are without food.

For more information on food insecurity in your community visit Map The Meal Gap.

Farm Bill 2018:

Congress is currently working to pass a bill package known as a the “Farm Bill”. This provides funding and resources for farmers, processors, nutrition educators, farmers markets, and people who use food assistance benefits- it touches on every part of the food chain. For more information visit:

Side-by-side analysis of Senate and House versions of the bill

Farm Bureau

Farm Bill Law Enterprise

CBPP’s Food Assistance Program Resources

FRAC’s Farm Bill Resources

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s Farm Bill campaign


Food Assistance Program Time-Limited Benefits:

Beginning October 1, 2018, all counties in Michigan will be subject to time-limited benefits for a certain population. Individuals between the ages of 18-49, without dependents must be working or volunteering at least 20 hours/week, or have an exemption to maintain benefits for more than 3 months in a 36-month period. Clients should note that they must notify their caseworker of any changes to their case throughout their benefit year, which may affect their benefit level and eligibility.

Some resources that may be helpful:

SNAP/FAP ABAWD Time Limit Desk Guide– a quick reference for navigating the new work requirement with clients.

Client checklist to help you find out what to do. A client will need to contact their caseworker right away to provide information about their to ensure benefits are not cut.

Client Outreach Flyer – a one page notice for client, effective Oct 1, 2o18 for all counties.

Sample Medical Statement Form – For clients who are not mentally or physically able to work at least 20 hours per week. Client needs to fill out the top part of this form and then have their physician complete it. Client returns form to DHHS.