Maine faces federal penalty over photo policy for food benefit cards

… Representatives of the Food and Nutrition Service – a division of the USDA – visited Maine the week of Aug. 18. During the visit, they met with state officials, SNAP recipients, retailers and advocacy groups in Portland, Ellsworth and Bangor. One of those meetings was held at the Preble Street Resource Center in Portland.

"People came to those meetings and told us they were being forced to have their photos taken for their EBT cards," said Donna Yellen, chief program officer at the Preble Street center …

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