February 2016

As you know, we are already back to work on securing funding for the  Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) in the 2016 legislative session.

We have been meeting with members of the House Ways and Means Committee regarding funding for the HFFI, and have had constructive conversations and positive responses from legislators. It is important that legislators across the state know this issue is important to their constituents and the communities they represent, and you can help us deliver this message.

The full Ways and Means Committee will meet on Monday, February 22 to begin debating the budget bill so we are asking you to contact  your legislator if they serve on the Ways and Means Committee and ask for their support for this funding request. The full House will debate the budget beginning on Monday, March 21.

Thank you in advance for your assistance, your involvement with these advocacy efforts can make all the difference in our success this year!
In Partnership,
Anna Hamilton Lewin
Chief Operating Officer
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Upcoming Events
Faith and Food Justice Workshop
February 6, 2016 l 10:00am-12:30pm l Moncks Corner
Do you want to empower folks in your community to meet their need for food? Do you want to increase access to healthy, fresh food in your community? Do you want to help farmers in the Lowcountry? More Information
February 22, 2016 l 9:00am-3:00pm l Columbia, SC
FPC's conference aims to address food safety challenges and opportunities. Farmers, legal experts, and agency staff from across SC will present strategies and resources needed to comply with food safety rules. More Information

March 18, 2016 l All Day l Columbia, SC
The 6th Annual Nutrition Symposium will bring together new research on health disparities, social determinants, and nutrition policy that are relevant to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. More Information

May 21, 2016  l All Day l Throughout Lexington County
The Sustainable Midlands Food Alliance is hosting farm tours throughout Lexington County to raise consumer awareness of the local food-producing farms that exist in the Midlands. More Information

Since 2004, we have provided 297 loans for $27.4 million in f inancing
that facilitated more than $221.6 million in community development projects; we
financed 1,291 housing units, 7 healthy food outlets, 9 community facilities, and 10
c ommunity businesses, creating or retaining 2,929 jobs and providing a safe,
affordable place to call home for 2,228 individuals and families.