Some Maine families at risk of losing food stamps

A rule change from the Trump administration could knock thousands of Maine families, seniors, and people with disabilities off food stamps.

Meredith Cook of the Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative says the proposed rule jeopardizes other federal benefits like free and reduced lunches.

“Many families are directly certified into the school lunch program based on their SNAP eligibility. So, when we see families being kicked off the SNAP program, they’re also going to lose that direct certification,” Cook said.

Maine DHHS says 27 percent of Maine’s food stamp recipients could lose their benefit.

That’s 44,000 Mainers, including 11,000 children and nearly 10,000 seniors or people with disabilities.

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