85,000 Michigan recipients without food assistance

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Michigan officials say they're working through the night to fix an error that has left 85,000 recipients of food assistance without enough money on their state-issued Bridge Cards.

The error is 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 are working "around the clock" to correct the problem.

Benefits are being added to the cards throughout the night and Friday. 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.

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