Good Food. Grass Roots. Feeding a Need in South Carolina.
In the capital city of Columbia, 18 percent of people experience food insecurity. Roughly a quarter of these (32,000) live in poverty, a rate higher than South Carolinians overall (16 percent). While the reasons for food insecurity are complex, the single greatest factor is income. It is critical to identify and develop food-access programs that assist families in stretching food dollars to purchase healthier options. Providing affordable access is only half of the equation, however. Once healthy food is made available and affordable, there is still the challenge many face of not knowing how to prepare healthy meals for themselves or their families.
FoodShare South Carolina aims to empower individuals to adopt a more nutritious diet as part of a healthy lifestyle through food-box participation and culinary medicine cooking classes. We believe access to fresh, affordable food should not be limited by where you live or how much money you make. At FoodShare, we know it's about more than just a box of food. It's about building confidence and providing hope.
FoodShare South Carolina originated from the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group’s Department of Internal Medicine and was the brainchild of School of Medicine faculty member Beverly Wilson. Today, the program maintains its ties to the medical group and the School of Medicine, while also partnering with organizations across the Midlands and throughout the state.
By supporting FoodShare today, you are helping to support a system that allows individuals to learn necessary skills and access the foods necessary to make a change for healthier lives.
• $2,000 – Funds a purchase of a “Blender Bike” to promote healthy eating and physical activity at elementary and middle schools in the community.
• $1,500 - Enables one year of SNAP payment processing for our “Fresh Food On-the-Go” program with The COMET, which helps city bus passengers purchase Fresh Food Boxes at the Sumter Street Transit Center.
• $500 – Supports our Teaching Kitchen for one month.
• $250 - Provides printed healthy-recipe cards for an entire Fresh Food Box bi-weekly order.
• $150 – Provides an eight-week cooking class scholarship for low-income community members.
• $75 – Provides eight weeks of cooking classes for one patient diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension or obesity.
• $50 - Supports delivery of fresh food boxes to various FoodShare pick-up sites in the Midlands.