Access to healthy, local food matters to the health of our communities
According to the USDA, over 1 million residents statewide live in a food desert, lacking easy-access to fresh foods. This factor contributes to elevated levels of diet related diseases, depleted nutritional value of the food consumed, and removes resources from the local economy.
Residents of food deserts in the state spend approximately $311 million annually on groceries outside of their local community, commonly referred to as grocery store leakage.
– Access to Healthy Food in South Carolina: A Report by the South Carolina Food Access Task Force
Eating local also means reducing the impact on our environment
The further our food travels, the more environmental resources we use to move our food from the farmer to our tables.