Food Program Name Change 

At the state level, it’s now known as the Food Supplement Program. At the federal level, it’s been renamed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The changes took effect Oct. 1.

The federally funded program provides supplemental nutrition to eligible families.

The name change in Maine reflects a shift in focus and the fact that paper Food Stamps no longer exist.

Barbara Van Burgel of the Office of Integrated Access and Support says the program doesn’t cover all of the food costs of those getting assistance. She says it’s meant to stretch or supplement their food dollar.

Van Burgel says the change won’t have any effect on the people who receive Food Supplement Program benefits.