South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) Proposes Limiting Food Stamps to Healthy Foods

by Colonel on February 24, 2013

“Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday joined leaders of three state agencies to announce plans to seek a waiver from the federal government to change the food stamp program.

Food stamps — officially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — are a U.S. Department of Agriculture program coordinated in the state by the Department of Social Services. In order to change what can be purchased with food stamps, the state must ask for a waiver to federal regulations. About 18 percent of the S.C. population uses food stamps.

At least 10 states or municipal governments have asked for waivers to the food stamp system in recent years. The USDA has turned down each of them.

“That $1 billion no longer will go to candy and chocolate and sodas and chips,” Haley said. “It’ll be going to apples and oranges and things that are healthy.”

” — Joey Holleman, Copyright 2013

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