July 2017

 
  

Exciting news! South Carolina Community Loan Fund is currently accepting applications for two Feeding Innovation courses!

Feeding Innovation is part of SCCLF's technical assistance programming. We work together with NxLevel Courses, Clemson Extension, and various community partners to help aspiring entrepreneurs bring their healthy food businesses to market. If you've got an idea for a healthy food business serving communities with limited food access, this course can help you get the skills and knowledge you need to be successful. 



There are so many reasons to join this program, but we've narrowed down our top five and shared them on our blog. Read more about them here. 

Applications for both the Catawba and Colleton programs are due on August 18th. Links to the concurrent sessions include info on where the classes are located and how to apply. 

One of our favorite perks of Feeding Innovation is the networking aspect. As someone with a healthy food business idea, you won't easily find a better chance to work side by side with other people passionate about healthy food access and eager to start a business. At SCCLF, we think working alongside others with shared goals for food access in our state is part of what makes the work so rewarding. If you think so too, please consider forwarding this email to colleagues who may be interested in applying to be part of Feeding Innovation. 

In partnership,
Anna Hamilton Lewin
Chief Operating Officer
News
The Department of Agriculture is preparing to roll out ten pilots that will allow some SNAP customers to use their electronic benefit transfer, or EBT, cards with online retailers.
  
The bill leaves intact mandatory farm bill funding for both the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), USDA's most heavily used working lands conservation programs.

  
The new and improved site shares a summary of SC food policy advocacy efforts and background on the task force! 
  
Upcoming Events
July 13, 2017 l Columbia, SC
Don't Waste Food S.C. is a collaborative campaign that is actively bringing together partners from across the public and private sector to help reduce food waste in the state. Register for this free event today!
August 18, 2017 l 9:00am-4:00pm l West Columbia, SC
This free workshop is geared toward young, new, or small scale farmers, but all are welcome to attend. Topics include family finance, business plans, risk management, and applying for financing. 

October 2, 2017 | 8:30AM - 4:30PM | Columbia, SC
The 3rd annual summit will focus on local food policy council development. Session topics include advocacy and policy, community economic development, transportation and food access, and funding healthy food projects.


 
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.