COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley will not support an earlier proposal to keep food stamp recipients from buying junk food, instead backing an idea requiring people in three counties to show they are working or looking for a job to get the benefits.
Haley's proposal will have to be approved by the federal government. It would be limited to food stamp recipients in Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties for now.
Department of Social Services Director Lillian Koller told The Post and Courier of Charleston that the new proposal is meant to fight obesity just like Haley's old idea of limiting what kind of food could be bought with food stamps.
Koller says studies show a strong correlation between unemployment and obesity.