Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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The Trump administration’s proposed new regulations for the SNAP food stamp program announced Tuesday would likely render thousands of Maine families ineligible for the benefit, according to a local low-income advocacy group.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's two senators are joining a large, mostly Democratic group in calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to withdraw proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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Maine has been tagged in a contentious debate over changes to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, known as SNAP or food stamps.

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Congress is in the middle of reauthorizing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. The House Agriculture Committee has released its draft bill, but advocates in Maine say they’re worried that President Donald Trump may push for cuts or further conditions that could place a burden on low-income families.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine is facing financial penalties for being the slowest state in the country when it comes to processing food stamp applications.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state's poor performance means that too many people are being forced to go hungry.

To meet federal standards, the USDA says Maine should be able to process 95 percent of all applications within 30 days of receiving those requests. But the agency says Maine processed less than 70 percent of those requests for the first six months of this year.

BELFAST, Maine _ A Maine farming advocacy group will launch a program this summer, designed to put more locally grown fruits and vegetables into the shopping baskets of low income Mainers.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage says he wants to promote more nutritious foods for all Mainers, including those who receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps.