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“Just Thinking”

Since: Nov 07

Rockford, MI

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Apr 11, 2009
 
Do we know what folks can buy with a Bridge Card? And why is called that anyway? Are there certain products that are okay to use the card for and other products not approved. I saw recently that a local party store "accepts" the Bridge Card. First I asked what a bridge card is, and then I wondered (to self) why a bridge card would be necessary to use in a party store where they don't even sell bread or eggs. Just curious. Happy Spring all. I think it's almost here.

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Since: May 08

Grandville

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Apr 12, 2009
 
I don't know why it is called a Bridge Card either, but it is the "new" food stamps as well as Cash Assistance card. Everything is going to cards now it seems!

I think people who have the Bridge Card can purchase anything EXCEPT tobacco and alcohol products.

Some party stores sell milk, eggs, bread, cheese and other necessities. However, I have seen people using their Bridge Cards in the stores and they have loaded up on a lot of junk foods.

“Almost as Sweet as Gunpowder”

Since: Oct 08

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Marti from Michigan wrote:
I don't know why it is called a Bridge Card either, but it is the "new" food stamps as well as Cash Assistance card. Everything is going to cards now it seems!
I think people who have the Bridge Card can purchase anything EXCEPT tobacco and alcohol products.
Some party stores sell milk, eggs, bread, cheese and other necessities. However, I have seen people using their Bridge Cards in the stores and they have loaded up on a lot of junk foods.
I've seen the same. And most of the people I've seen using Bridge Cards are either people driving a better car than I have OR they're all severely over weight...

...which tells me, somethin's not right!
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Grand Rapids, MI

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before you judge who has a bridge card by what they drive please keep in consideration that there have been alot of people who up until a short time ago had jobs and lived an ok life. Now they are jobless and need help. I am not saying this is true for everyone. Also you have to realize the some people are over weight because of stretching meals by filling the meal with pasta, rice, and potatoes. Purchaseing lots of fresh foods which are healthies happen to be very expensive. Again I stress this isn't true for everyone but it is something to take into consideration.
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Apr 12, 2009
 
The Bridge Card has two balances. One is Food Stamps and the other is Cash Assistance. The Food Stamp allotment can only be used to buy food. The Cash Assistance balance can be used to buy anything you can purchase with cash. I have not heard that there any restrictions on the use of the Cash Assistance, but there may be and I just haven't heard about it. You probably can find that out by researching it on the Michigan website.
JMR

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Apr 12, 2009
 

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The Bridge Cards have two parts Food Stamps and Cash . On the food stamp side you can only buy food.Be it healthy food or not. The other side is for cash, they can buy anything they want to buy. Or they can just get the cash out to buy what they want be it legal or illegal. Must be nice for the goverment to support thier habits.

“The "Dude" is not in.”

Since: Apr 09

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Apr 12, 2009
 

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Sheriff_Garrett wrote:
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I've seen the same. And most of the people I've seen using Bridge Cards are either people driving a better car than I have OR they're all severely over weight...
...which tells me, somethin's not right!
LOL--my personal fave, the people who would hand me their Bridge Card when I worked at my favorite "fast-food pharmaceutical" establishment, and ask for potato chips in the drive thru. Did I mention the car of choice would generally be an Escalade? In my next life, I know what I am going to do...
derek

Byron Center, MI

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Apr 12, 2009
 
I think they call it a bridge card because there is a picture of the Mackinaw Bridge on it.
Alvin

Grand Rapids, MI

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Apr 12, 2009
 
derek wrote:
I think they call it a bridge card because there is a picture of the Mackinaw Bridge on it.
Really? I was thinking more like a "bridge" of helping hands, or am I being to philosophical?

“Almost as Sweet as Gunpowder”

Since: Oct 08

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Apr 12, 2009
 
hello wrote:
before you judge who has a bridge card by what they drive please keep in consideration that there have been alot of people who up until a short time ago had jobs and lived an ok life. Now they are jobless and need help. I am not saying this is true for everyone. Also you have to realize the some people are over weight because of stretching meals by filling the meal with pasta, rice, and potatoes. Purchaseing lots of fresh foods which are healthies happen to be very expensive. Again I stress this isn't true for everyone but it is something to take into consideration.
I worked in grocery store all through high school--in the 1990's. Food stamps or bridge card, then or now--I have not seen much change.

“love, loyalty, friendship”

Since: Sep 08

Dutchville

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We were issued a Bridge Card (no cash, just food) when my husband was laid off (I had no job at the time). After waiting ten weeks for his first unemployment check, our savings was gone and if it hadn't been for that card our family would have gone hungry.

Remember that next time you see someone in decent clothes with a decent car and a Bridge Card and mistakenly believe they are better off than you.

“Almost as Sweet as Gunpowder”

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We were issued a Bridge Card (no cash, just food) when my husband was laid off (I had no job at the time). After waiting ten weeks for his first unemployment check, our savings was gone and if it hadn't been for that card our family would have gone hungry.
Remember that next time you see someone in decent clothes with a decent car and a Bridge Card and mistakenly believe they are better off than you.
Hey!

Wasn't bashing you or anyone else that has/has had genuine need for food stamps/ Bridge Card. What I was referring to is the person who has designer clothes, the latest cell phone, fake nails, hair extensions, and a Cadillac outside waiting while they pay with their bridge card for a can of soup, bag of fritoes, pizza rolls, and microwave dinners. Those people stand out as system abusers, IMHO. As far as your particular case, that is what the bridge card SHOULD be for--people fallen on hard times. You've got nothing to be ashamed of. The people that abuse the system and you are not the same!

“love, loyalty, friendship”

Since: Sep 08

Dutchville

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Apr 12, 2009
 
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Wasn't bashing you or anyone else that has/has had genuine need for food stamps/ Bridge Card. What I was referring to is the person who has designer clothes, the latest cell phone, fake nails, hair extensions, and a Cadillac outside waiting while they pay with their bridge card for a can of soup, bag of fritoes, pizza rolls, and microwave dinners. Those people stand out as system abusers, IMHO. As far as your particular case, that is what the bridge card SHOULD be for--people fallen on hard times. You've got nothing to be ashamed of. The people that abuse the system and you are not the same!
No harm done :)

I know the Bridge Card was designed to help people out, but it still felt uncomfortable to use it. Sometimes the other people in line or the clerks gave us dirty looks- they didn't know what was going on in our lives at the time. People can be so cruel.
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Apr 12, 2009
 
Alvin wrote:
<quoted text>Really? I was thinking more like a "bridge" of helping hands, or am I being to philosophical?
It does have a picture of the Bridge on it just like our license(sp) plates used to. Child support is often added to this card as well. The cash assistance part comes from the state to help pay bills with. The only limitaions on theese cards are no ciggarettes and no alcohol can be purchased with them. But whatever else can be. It is a shame that people have been loosing there jobs and forced to live under there means (eg. feed kids or pay bills this month?) The card does more good then bad. Yet too many people are abusing the right to have it.

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Since: May 08

Grandville

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Apr 12, 2009
 
Sheriff_Garrett wrote:
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I've seen the same. And most of the people I've seen using Bridge Cards are either people driving a better car than I have OR they're all severely over weight...
...which tells me, somethin's not right!
I fully agree. I believe the entire Department of Human Services needs to be overhauled, but who the heck am I? LOL!

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hello wrote:
before you judge who has a bridge card by what they drive please keep in consideration that there have been alot of people who up until a short time ago had jobs and lived an ok life. Now they are jobless and need help. I am not saying this is true for everyone. Also you have to realize the some people are over weight because of stretching meals by filling the meal with pasta, rice, and potatoes. Purchaseing lots of fresh foods which are healthies happen to be very expensive. Again I stress this isn't true for everyone but it is something to take into consideration.
The weather is warmer now. People can get up and go outside and walk or do other outdoor activities and lose weight. I've lost 5 pounds in the last month just walking.
JMR

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Apr 12, 2009
 
shocked wrote:
<quoted text> It does have a picture of the Bridge on it just like our license(sp) plates used to. Child support is often added to this card as well. The cash assistance part comes from the state to help pay bills with. The only limitaions on theese cards are no ciggarettes and no alcohol can be purchased with them. But whatever else can be. It is a shame that people have been loosing there jobs and forced to live under there means (eg. feed kids or pay bills this month?) The card does more good then bad. Yet too many people are abusing the right to have it.
Yes they can buy alcohol, They get cash off of the cash side of the card ,then buy the alcohol. Not the things that they need for the kids,
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Apr 13, 2009
 
JMR wrote:
<quoted text>Yes they can buy alcohol, They get cash off of the cash side of the card ,then buy the alcohol. Not the things that they need for the kids,
Go to a store on the 1st or 15th. There will be a line of people at the ATM drawing money out so they can get cigarrettes, alcohol and lotto tickets with our money. The places that allow you to overcharge your card and get "cash back" don't help matters either. The way I see it, if you are on welfare (for whatever reason, be it hard times or laziness) and you win the lotto (from scratch-offs to Mega Millions), you forfeit all winnings.
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I have a bridge card with just food stamps on it also.
When they put my allotment on the card I go to Save-A-Lot and buy groceries for the whole month. I make sure that I have fruits and veggies and nutrious things for my child to eat all month long. We have a freezer and that helps a great deal with buying for the whole month at one time.
I have worked all my life and recently became disabled due to medical problems and let me tell you I hate using the bridge card(why I only go shopping once a month with it).
I have seen the people who are abusing the system in line at the grocery store and it makes me sick.Like I said I have worked all my life and seeing how others can abuse a system designed to help when you are down just really ticks me off. If I didn't need the help at the moment I would rather not have the darn card and would pay for the food myself but I need the help. If it were not for my children I would have never went and asked for the help but my main concern is their well being and feeding them happens to be high on my list of things to do.
Not everyone who has a bridge card is a mooch who sits around all day looking for hand outs some people truly need the extra help for a little while. Some of us who now have a bridge card and have to use it would really prefer not having it and paying with our own money like we always have.But I understand why people are complaining about the abusers who sit around and collect benefits all the while driving $30,000 vehicles, getting their hair and nails done and such other extravagant items that are not necessary for life.
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Bridge card = Loser membership card.

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