May 2016

In our March newsletter, we informed you that the Food Access Task Force is working on updates to the 2014 Task Force Report and has formed five working groups. The task force has since identified a leader for the transportation work group and we encourage you to get involved in this work group, or one of the others, by contacting the group leaders listed below:
Please also remember to save Wednesday, August 24, 2016 as the date for the second annual S.C. Food Access Summit. The all day summit will be held at the River Center at Saluda Shoals in Irmo. Stay tuned for more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities next month!

In Partnership,
Anna Hamilton Lewin
Chief Operating Officer
FoodShare Columbia is a program designed to help alleviate the stress families face when they live in "food deserts." The program, in cooperation with the University of South Carolina and other...Read More ...»
The South Carolina Obesity Summit Planning Committee invites proposals for breakout session and celebration poster presentations for the 13th Annual Obesity Summit on Monday, October 24, 2016. The presentations at the Summit are designed to...Read More ...»
Join the Midlands Food Alliance (MFA) table at farmers markets and farm events to encourage your neighbors to participate in the Midlands Farm Tour (May 21st) and to SIGN the LOCAL FOOD PLEDGE...Read More ...»
Upcoming Events
Final Pitch Event: Feeding Innovation Orangeburg
May 10, 2016  l 6:00PM - 9:00PM l Orangeburg, SC
After weeks of training, entrepreneurs will present their healthy food business plans to a panel of judges with 
the hope of winning a seed capital award for their business. The event is free and open to the public.  More Information

May 18, 2016  l 1:00PM - 4:00PM l Rock Hill, SC
Learn how you can secure funding for your healthy food enterprise! The workshop will provide an overview of the application process and SCCLF representatives will be available to discuss individual projects.  More Information

May 21, 2016  l All Day l Throughout Lexington County
The Midlands Farm Tours will raise consumer awareness of the local food-producing farms that exist in the Midlands. 50 volunteers are needed to check in guests, sell passes, and act as friendly ambassadors.  More Information

August 24, 2016  l 8:30AM - 4:30PM l Columbia, SC
The SC Food Access Summit provides advocacy tools, training and action-oriented ideas to educate and organize participants to support local and state efforts to make the food system equitable for all.  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.