Since its inception, GrowFood Carolina has been searching for ways to connect local farmers and agriculture to serve food deserts and local communities. GrowFood is uniquely positioned and prepared to provide fresh food to people in need—work we feel is necessary to sustain resilient coastal communities.
We aim to deliver 100 boxes per week—more than 5,000 food boxes—to people in need across our 10 coastal counties. Distribution partners identified include the Lowcountry Food Bank, Enough Pie, Humanities Foundation and others.
With support from existing and new Coastal Conservation League donors, foundations, and corporations, this program will:
- Allow more partnerships and links to residents in our communities who deserve fresh, local food.
- Promote additional crop planning and provide stable purchase prices for farmers. We already work closely with farmers in the crop planning process for the coming season. This program will allow GrowFood to plan with growers several seasons into the future, providing consistent revenue without the typical market uncertainty. We can enter into agreements with farmers for production, guaranteeing pricing and quantities.
- Diversify revenue sources back to farmers. Sales to restaurants, grocery stores, and institutions will continue to provide revenue for our farm partners. Adding this program will provide another source of revenue, one that is more predictable and reliable. This diversification is extremely valuable since access to a variety of markets is essential to creating successful farms.
Soil to Sustenance will provide support for our farmers, local families, and our land protection goals–all critical components of resilience for our region, our communities, and our local food system.