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A new network aims to unite South Carolina food system agencies and organizations to address the vulnerability of global supply chains exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Growing local SC is one of 30 national projects funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Regional Food System Partnership Grant program. The initiative includes 10 project partners, matching funds from the SC Department of Agriculture and monitoring of the project by the SC Council on Food Policyaccording to a press release from the state agricultural department.

The network will focus on building fair and efficient local distribution systems to economically source, consolidate and deliver food across the state. Designed to reflect the state’s regional food ecosystems, Growing Local SC partners include implementing agency SNAP-Ed from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, the SC Food Network Hub, Rural Resources Coalition, Alianza Latina of the Midlands, SC State University Small Business. Development Center and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, among other organizations.

“Growing Local SC brings together leaders to create community solutions for a resilient food system for South Carolina,” Nikki Seibert Kelley, project director, said in the release. “Local food systems are complex and highly place-based, making it essential for communities to build networks around the people working locally to get food from farms and gardens to the table. “

Food system leaders can get involved in Growing Local SC by joining the South Carolina Food Policy Council as a member, attending annual meetings, and contributing to committees, local food councils, and coalitions.

Contact Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.