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USDA gives Maryland bonus for SNAP effort

Maryland received a $3.4 million bonus incentive payment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for getting food assistance to low-income families, the state announced this week. Maryland is the top-performing state (and second only to the District of Columbia) for having the largest percentage of eligible families participating in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is the second consecutive year Maryland has been recognized by the USDA, giving the state about $7.6 million in bonuses total. SNAP enrollment in Maryland has increased 180 percent since 2007. The state said the bonus will be used to pay for SNAP-related expenses such as investments in technology, improvements in administration and distribution and actions to prevent fraud, waste and abuse.