South Carolina Community Loan Fund will be hosting the second annual SC Food Access Summit on Wednesday, August 24th at The River Center at Saluda Shoals Park in Irmo. The summit highlights efforts that improve access to healthy food for South Carolinians with limited financial resources.

The 2016 SC Food Access Summit will provide social policy tools, training and action-oriented ideas to educate and organize participants to support local and state efforts to make the food system equitable for all. Session topics include advocacy and policy, community economic development, transportation and food access, and funding healthy food projects. The summit will feature Anthony Flaccavento, President and founder of SCALE, Inc. as the keynote speaker and Mark Winne, Former Executive Director of the Hartford Food System as the Morning Plenary speaker.

Anthony Flaccavento has been a certified organic produce farmer for the past 15 years during which time he also founded and directed Appalachian Sustainable Development. He is the author of “Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real-World Experience for Transformative Change” and over 100 published articles. In his keynote address, “Food, politics and the economy: Overcoming Barriers to Access through Bottom Up Strategies,” Flaccavento will share lessons learned from his research into creative local food and bottom up economy initiatives, and offer a framework for how we can move forward and address the root causes of these problems.

Mark Winne is author of “Closing the Food Cap” and “Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas.” Winne’s talk will explore the root causes of food insecurity, the critical role that public policy plays in building better food systems, and the necessity for strong collaborations among organizations, agencies, and businesses. Both speakers will be selling copies of their books on site during the event.

Summit registration is $20 and open to the public. Online registration ends on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door. Reserve your spot today at https://2016fas.eventbrite.com.

The 2016 Food Access Summit is sponsored by Boeing, PNC Bank, SC Biz News, South Carolina Department of Agriculture, DHEC, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, and North Carolina Woodforest National Bank.

Planning committee members include Lowcountry Local First, Coastal Conservation League, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Eat Smart Move More SC, University of South Carolina Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, SC Association for Community Economic Development, Clemson University Extension, and Central Midlands Council of Governments.

Event Details:
2016 Food Access Summit
The River Center at Saluda Shoals Park
5605 Bush River Road Columbia, SC 29212
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

About the South Carolina Community Loan Fund: South Carolina Community Loan Fund is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Charleston. Its mission is to advance equitable access to capital by providing loans, technical assistance and advocacy for affordable housing, healthy food retail, community facilities and community business enterprise. Since its inception in 2004, it has financed more than $37.6 million in loans throughout the state, resulting in the completion of more than $235.7 million in community development projects. For more information, please visit www.sccommunityloanfund.org.

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