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FoodShare Columbia is a partnership between the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine and Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities, City of Columbia Parks and Recreation, Columbia Housing Authority, EdVenture Children’s Museum, and Richland Library.

This program aims to increase overall food security, access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and improve healthy cooking skills primarily for those living in the 29203 and 29204 areas -- communities considered to be "food deserts," or areas which lack access to fresh and healthy food options.

Every other week, people in the community are able to pay $20 in cash or $10 in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) to purchase a Fresh Food Box containing 12-15 different varieties of produce (a $50 to $60 value) as well as recipe ideas for that week’s produce selection.  Participants are able to participate in cooking demos provided by EdVenture Children’s Museum and literacy programs provided by Richland Library on alternating box pickup days.

During the past three month pilot phase of FoodShare Columbia, over 500 boxes of produce totaling 11,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables were distributed. Approximately 30% of these boxes have been purchased by participants using their SNAP/EBT card. We believe FoodShare Columbia has the potential to make an incredible impact in our community – a community where currently 1 out of every 5 households do not have regular access to healthy foods due to limited resources.  

Produce box pickup happens twice per month at the Katherine M. Bellfield Cultural Arts Center in the Booker Washington Heights neighborhood. If you would like to order a produce box (they must be ordered and paid for in advance) or find out more information about this project, please click here to visit the FoodShare Columbia Facebook page

 


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Sarah G. Says: Some photos from FoodShare Columbia produce box pick-up days.
    • FoodShare Columbia
      FoodShare Columbia is a produce box program that includes cooking skills and literacy components. Good Healthy Food For All is what we stand for!
    • End Child Hunger SC
      End Child Hunger SC is a coalition of agencies and individuals working together to increase awareness, cooperation and advocacy for the issue of child hunger in our community.
    • USDA Information about Food Deserts
      Food deserts are defined as urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options.
    • Child Hunger Fact Sheet
      Information about child hunger in America via the charity Feeding America
    • Grocery gap keeping many areas from having fresh produce
      WACH FOX coverage of the FoodShare Columbia open house on August 19th, 2015
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