More Mainers Using Food Stamps 

Government officials say more people are

applying for and receiving food stamps in Maine, bringing the

state’ enrollment in the federal program to 176,000 people.

The increase of 15,000 people since January coincides with an

increase in national figures. It also reflects the effects of

higher fuel and grocery prices.

Statistics from Maine Department of Health and Human Services

show more than one in eight Mainers use food stamps to supplement

their buying power in the grocery store.

Barbara Van Burgel of the state Department of Health and Human

Services says that with the higher cost of heating fuel and

groceries, people are stretching their dollars a little more.