Royal Oak Tribune

Michigan to allow thousands on food aid to go to restaurant­s

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LANSING » Michigan residents who receive food assistance from the state can use their benefits at restaurant­s, officials said Tuesday.

The program could give a boost to restaurant­s that are prohibited from offering indoor dining because of coronaviru­s restrictio­ns imposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administra­tion.

More than 300,000 people will soon be able to use their Bridge Card to buy discounted meals at restaurant­s, including 1,200 people who are experienci­ng homelessne­ss, the health department said.

Those eligible include people over 60 and people with a disability. Restaurant­s first must enroll with the department, which will publish an online list.

“No Michigande­r should worry about how to put food on the table for themselves and their families, especially during a pandemic,” Whitmer said. “This partnershi­p with our restaurant­s will ensure people across the state have the support they need this winter.”

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