Michigan's nearly 1.8 million recipients of government food assistance are going to have to make do with less aid starting Friday.
The reduction will be felt nationwide in November because extra benefits that were part of the federal stimulus program in 2009 are ending.
The Michigan Department of Human Services says the average family of four on food stamps in the state will receive $36 less a month. The cash assistance is added to debit cards once a month, so some recipients will notice the decline earlier in November and others later in the month.
DHS spokesman Dave Akerly says recipients can call 888-689-8914 to see exactly how much their assistance is declining, but they should wait until after their November benefits are loaded onto their cards.