FoodShare SC’s Advocacy efforts seek to engage in dialogues and advocacy with our elected officials, leveraging our state-wide network and their unique needs and concerns.

We are also working to tighten our coalition building efforts with like-minded organizations across the state and the nation.

In 2021 we:

  • Supported our Hub partners across the state in advocating for American Rescue Plan dollars allocated to county and city councils to be used towards helping families with food access issues in their regions.
  • Advocated for State allocated ARP money to be used to assist families with food access, and setup a grant fund for non-profit work across the state
  • Organized the “Columbia Candidate Forum on Food Justice” hosted by Judi Gatson of WIS.  All the candidates running for the 2021 City of Columbia election participated and it was an opportunity for community members to discuss food justice issues with them
  • Hosted 4 Hub launches (Laurens, Williamsburg, Marlboro, Georgetown), and two hub one year anniversaries (Chesterfield, Lancaster) where community members and elected officials could celebrate their community 
  • Deeper engagement with coalitions across the state and county: South Carolina Hunger Benefit Advocacy Coalition, State Nutrition Action Coalition (SNAC), Columbia Food Policy Committee, South Carolina Food Policy Council, West Columbia Food Policy Committee, SC Roadmap to Food Security Learning Collaborative, Voices for Healthy Kids SNAP Incentive Affinity Group, Nutrition Incentive Hub State Funding Community of Practice
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FoodShare South Carolina Advocacy in our Community

FoodShare South Carolina sites in and around Columbia are included. The City of Columbia and the Columbia Food Policy Committee have created new a food access geographic information system map that lists various sites to access healthy food for the whole family. Locations listed on the map include grocery stores, farmer markets, food pantries, FoodShare […]

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Fight Poverty Not the Poor. FoodShare SC’s Advocacy efforts seek to engage in dialogues and advocacy with our elected officials, leveraging our state-wide network and their unique needs and concerns. As a part of these efforts, a FoodShare staff joined others from South Carolina and across the nation to participate in the Poor People’s and […]

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As the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic recedes, what have we learned about our food access needs? In 2019 the Columbia Food Policy Committee held a series of listening sessions with community members and released a comprehensive report and list of recommendations for City Council on how they can build equitable access to healthy foods […]

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It’s been more than 50 years since the first and only White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health was held in 1969. That pivotal event influenced the country’s food policy agenda for the next 50 years. Half a century later, the 2022 White House Conference will catalyze the public and private sectors around a coordinated strategy […]

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental and physical health are interconnected. We know that poverty causes stressors such as insecurity in food, housing, income, and these stressors can also cause an increased risk of mental health problems. This is why we’re participating in the upcoming NAMI Mid-Carolina NAMIWalk on Saturday, May 21st at Columbia […]

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