LANSING, MI (WTVB) - State officials are blaming human error for a mistake that prevented the release of funding for 85,000 Bridge Card accounts that assist the poor in buying food. State crews in the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget worked overnight to correct the problem and the cards should be funded sometime today.
Cards with numbers that end in Zero, that’s one card in every ten, failed to be replenished on schedule. For hungry Michiganders who depend on that card and take pains to get to the grocery store when they know it will be possible to use the card, it can be disappointing and even frightening. It can also be a problem for vendors who plan on certain days being larger than others. The Bridge Cards work like debit cards and replaced the old food stamp program some years ago.