Maine gets federal funds to help reduce food stamp errors

Posted Aug. 19, 2010, at 9:48 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine is getting $1.3 million dollars from the federal government to help reduce the error rate in the state’s food stamp program.

A federal Food and Nutrition Program official presented checks for that amount to Commissioner Brenda Harvey of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture told Maine and other states in 2007 that their error rate in the food stamp program was too high. The errors were made in assessing or reassessing how much recipients were eligible to receive in food stamps.

Recipients are regularly reassessed because their incomes or other circumstances may change.