September 2017

We are writing to you together this month because we want to share two events with you that, as advocates for healthy food systems, you won't want to miss.

First up is the SC Food Access Summit taking place in Columbia on Monday, October 2nd.   Tickets to the summit are available now! Not long after is the L eadership Summit for Healthy Communities, hosted by Eat Smart Move More SC in Columbia on October 23-24.  Learn more about the Leadership Summit here.

ESMMSC and SCCLF are working together on this update because we know the spirit of collaboration is required to create lasting and equitable change to our local food systems. At the SC Food Access Summit, we will lay the foundations for municipal food policy councils, which can be a bridge between the public and private sectors with respect to healthy food access. Just a few weeks later, the Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities will give you practical tactics for using the bridges you create to engage your community in progress toward meaningful, equitable changes to your local food system. Both summits include regional networking opportunities, because we know that changing our food systems starts with creating connections.

Make this fall the time you invest in your skills as an advocate for healthy food access and grow your network of allies committed to positive change in our state.

In Partnership,

Upcoming Events
November 2-3 l Durham, NC
CFSA is offering a  Leadership Development Workshop designed for farmers and local food supporters engaged in local, sustainable agriculture who are interested in learning more about serving on local boards or committees. Deadline to apply is September 18th.
September 23 | Columbia, SC
Midlands citizens are offered an exclusive behind the scenes look at the inner workings of up to ten sustainable farms in Richland and Lexington counties.

Since 2004, we have provided 313 loans for $39 million in financing 
that facilitated more  than $246.3 million in community development projects; we 
financed 1,410 housing units, 9 healthy food outlets, 10 community facilities, and 16 
community businesses, creating or retaining 2,896 jobs and providing a safe, 
affordable place to call home for 3,525 individuals and families.