USC event looks at poverty, nutrition connections

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Policy experts and researchers in the fields of food and poverty are discussing how to improve nutrition among the nation's poor families.

Representatives from the University of South Carolina's Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities are meeting in Columbia on Friday beginning at 10 a.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Audrey Rowe, administrator for food and nutrition services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is scheduled to speak.

Some state officials have proposed fighting obesity by limiting what people can buy with money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, known more commonly as food stamps. The efforts need federal approval before being implemented.

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