Freburary 26, 2021
South Carolina Food Hub Network Helped Farmers Feed More People in 2020
The South Carolina Food Hub Network helped food distributors in South Carolina buy and distribute more than $1.3 million of South Carolina-grown food in 2020, strengthening local food systems and buoying farmers during the pandemic. Food Hub Network staff worked with four South Carolina distributors on their successful applications for contracts through the US Department of Agriculture Farmers to Families Food Box program, funded by federal COVID-19 stimulus money. South Carolina-based distributors bought, boxed and distributed more than $5 million in fresh food, $1.3 million of it from South Carolina farmers. Charleston food hub GrowFood Carolina secured a USDA contract with help
from the Network, as did distributors Limehouse Produce, Senn Brothers and Taylor Boys Produce.
October 1, 2018
ACRE Awards $175,000 to SC Food Hub Network
The Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship (ACRE) has awarded $175,000 to the South Carolina Food Hub Network to improve logistics for the state’s five food hubs: GrowFood Carolina in Charleston; Swamp Rabbit Cafe’ & Grocery in Greenville; City Roots Farm in Columbia; Catawba Farm & Food Coalition in Chester and Pee Dee Food Hub in Marion. The money will be used to expand hub activity and coordination. “ACRE is pleased to support the South Carolina Food Hub Network, and we hope this grant will allow it to reach more farmers throughout the state,” said South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers. “With the many logistics obstacles between local food and the marketplace, the Food Hub Network provides essential coordination among the five food hubs in South Carolina.”