SC Commissioner Hugh Weathers: Farmers to Food Banks

South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers is here to tell us more about a new initiative that will help local producers, distributors and communities in need.

  • Certified South Carolina in partnership with a non-profit organization, SC Advocates for Agriculture, is launching the Farmers to Food Banks Program, an initiative to support farmers and needy South Carolinians
  • Farmers to Food Banks is a food box program that will use donated funds to purchase and distribute Certified SC grown produce from across the state to families in need.
  • Selected distributors will use the funds to buy produce directly from SC Farmers and donate that food to participating Feeding America food banks and pantries around the state.
  • The goal of the program is to support SC farmers during this time of pandemic and decreased sales, and to bridge the food gap between low demand in food service outlets and increased food insecurity brought on by COVID-19.
  • SCDA staff are currently participating in fundraising efforts with an ultimate goal of $500,000. We’ve had generous commitments from several donors already.
  • Interested and eligible distributors will be able to apply to the program on June 1,2020, with food distribution set tentatively for June 15-30,2020.
  • SCDA is proud to launch this initiative that will increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables to communities in need while supporting SC growers, agribusinesses and wholesalers that have been impacted by industry market changes as a result of COVID-19.
  • Those who wish to donate to or participate in Farmers to Food Banks can contact Cristina Key at ckey@scda.sc.gov or 803-734-2190 for more information