Hawaii's food stamps program gets new name

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Hawaii's food stamp program will soon become a "SNAP."

Starting October 1, the program will officially be known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

The change is in keeping with the new federal name for the U.S. Department of Agriculture program required by the Farm Bill.

The new name reflects the importance of making healthy meals available to low-income households.

The name change will not affect any benefits received by clients.

More than 100,000 Hawaii residents are enrolled in SNAP.