85,000 Michigan recipients without food assistance

Jan 4, 2013


LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan officials were working through the night to fix an error that left 85,000 recipients of food assistance without enough money on their state-issued Bridge Cards.

The error has been affecting recipients with account numbers ending in "0" - or about 10 percent of Michigan's 1.8 million residents receiving food assistance. Their electronic debit cards weren't loaded with money as expected because of an unspecified human error.

State spokesman Kurt Weiss says employees have been working "around the clock" to correct the problem.

Benefits are being added to the cards. Recipients of food assistance can call 888-678-8914 for updates.

Weiss says the state regrets the error, will determine why it occurred and ensure it doesn't happen again.