South Carolina residents don’t have to attend one of the four scheduled meetings across the state to weigh in on Gov. Nikki Haley’s proposal to limit food stamp purchases to healthy foods.

They can just go online.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control is soliciting comments about the idea through its website.

The fourth and final statewide meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 2 at the Navy Yard in North Charleston. Other meetings are scheduled for Florence and Greenville. The first meeting was held in Columbia on March. 21.

Federal regulations restrict food stamp recipients from buying alcohol, tobacco and hot, ready-to-eat food items with their stamps. Haley wants to push those restrictions further, eliminating foods commonly associated with obesity, like soft drinks.

Because the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Haley administration will need permission from the federal government to implement the proposal.

Reach Lauren Sausser at 937-5598.