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.