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Which Foods Should Be Removed From Food Stamp Program?

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DHEC Holds Public Hearing On SNAP Foods DHEC Holds Public Hearing On SNAP Foods

Thursday, you will get to let your state leaders know which foods should be removed from South Carolina's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will hold a series of public forums to get your input. The first one will be Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Greenville County Council Chambers.

DHEC's leaders say dropping certain foods, will help SC combat the ongoing obesity problem. Right now, 2 out of 3 people in SC are overweight or obese. Obesity is a major contributor to diseases that kill most people in the state, or cost the state money to treat.

There are 878,000 South Carolinians on SNAP. That costs SC about $1.4 billion per year.

Governor Nikki Haley wants to change which foods can be bought with food stamps, to encourage people to eat healthier.

Here are the list of upcoming meetings where you can have your voice heard:

April 18, 2013

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Greenville County Council Chambers (County Square)

301 University Ridge

Greenville, SC 29601


May 2, 2013

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Sterett Hall at the Navy Yard

1530 7th Street and Hobson Avenue

North Charleston, SC 29405


Persons wishing to publicly comment during any of these meetings will be asked to register to speak at the door. For those unable to attend the meetings, comments can be submitted:

• through DHEC's online form at www.scdhec.gov/snap

• via email at snapcomments@dhec.sc.gov

• by calling toll-free 1-866-664-0483.

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