Building Healthy Food Systems For All
On Monday, October 2nd, healthy food advocates will have the opportunity to learn about the strategies and tools needed to influence healthy food policy at our third annual SC Food Access Summit in Columbia. 

Summit attendees will learn from local and regional leaders, and work with Community Food Strategies to determine how to engage their communities in food policy efforts that bring about positive changes at the municipal level. "Community engagement has influenced zoning changes in North Carolina so mobile vendors and community gardens can sell their produce. These changes improve food access, but they also become economic development tools for low income communities," says Abbey Piner of Community Food Strategies.

"There is a convergence of food and health, and food and economic development. Municipal leaders see exciting projects happening in their communities, but they need groups to act as a hub for people across the sector and provide them with actionable insight," says Abbey. Sound policy encourages community development and allows projects like an urban farm in North Charleston, a mobile market in Greenville, or a grocery store in Aiken to flourish and feed their communities.

More information on the summit is available here. Tickets for the summit are $20 and include lunch.

NEW THIS YEAR: The SC Food Access Summit is an approved continuing education program and attendees are eligible for 3 CEU Credits!
The Value of Placemaking
On Thursday, September 22, Joe Minicozzi presents The Value of Placemaking at CRBJ's Power Breakfast. Purchase a ticket to the breakfast at the link above and learn more about Joe's new report and analysis of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester tricounty area. 
Affordable Housing in the News
This issue will appear on the November 7th ballot and would allow the City to borrow $20MM to finance affordable housing development. This measure would come at no additional cost to taxpayers and is proposed in a part of the state where affordable housing options are critically needed. 

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.