August 2017


On October 2nd, advocates for equitable, community-driven healthy food systems will join together in Columbia for the third annual Food Access Summit. 

The third annual SC Food Access Summit will focus on increasing healthy food access through local food policy and community-led advocacy efforts. Throughout the day, you will have the opportunity to hear from local and regional leaders who have successfully led advocacy and policy change efforts to increase food access in their communities. To provide you with the tools you need to develop and implement similar efforts in your community, the afternoon session will focus on regional breakout s facilitated by Community Food Strategies. The summit will provide attendees with an opportunity to network and connect with other food advocates across the state, and to learn about strategies for influencing food policy in their regions
Whether you are curious about food policy and the role it plays in our healthy food systems or ready to integrate a food policy council in your community, this summit will provide you with the insight and engagement strategies you need.

In order to make the summit as useful and meaningful as possible, we need your help! Taking this brief survey prior to attending the summit will help facilitate the breakout sessions and ensure you're receiving the tools you need to begin or continue your food policy efforts. 

Feeding Innovation Applications Due Aug. 18
Feeding Innovation is a comprehensive technical assistance program designed to support entrepreneurs interested in developing or expanding healthy food businesses in food deserts or underserved areas of the state. We are currently accepting applications for two sessions: Colleton and Catawba

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.