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Save the Date: 2017 SC Food Access Summit | SC Community Loan Fund | We support the development of vibrant, sustainable communities by providing loans, technical assistance, and advocacy for affordable housing, healthy food retail, community facilities, and community businesses.


Save the Date: 2017 SC Food Access Summit

Monday, October 2nd
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM


Monday, October 2, 2017 l 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Columbia Conference Center
169 Laurelhurst Ave, Columbia, SC 29210


In South Carolina, more than one million citizens live in food deserts where there is limited or no access to healthy affordable food. These regions can be found in every part of our state. Enabling residents in these neighborhoods to have access to healthy food can make a difference to them and to their communities in a variety of ways including spurring economic development, creating jobs, and reducing high obesity rates that result from the lack of healthy affordable food options.

The third annual SC Food Access Summit will highlight efforts that improve access to healthy food for South Carolinians with limited financial resources. The 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. This year’s summit will also have a focus on local food policy council development. Session topics include advocacy and policy, community economic development, transportation and food access, and funding healthy food projects.


2016 SPEAKERS (2017 Speakers TBD)

Keynote Speaker: Anthony Flaccavento

Anthony Flaccavento is President and founder of SCALE, Inc. a private consulting business dedicated to catalyzing and supporting ecologically healthy regional economies and food systems. Anthony has 25 years of hands-on experience in sustainable community development, along with a BS degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science and a Masters degree Economic and Social Development. Anthony 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 “Healthy Food Systems: A Tool Kit for building Value Chains” and over 100 published articles.

Morning Plenary Speaker: Mark Winne

From 1973 to 2003, Mark Winne was the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System, a private non-profit agency that works on food and hunger issues in the Hartford, Connecticut area. During his tenure with HFS, Mark organized community self-help food projects that assisted the city’s lower income and elderly residents. Mark’s work with the Food System included the development of commercial food businesses, Connecticut’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, farmers’ markets, a 25-acre community supported agriculture farm, a food bank, food and nutrition education programs, and a neighborhood supermarket.



Sponsorship opportunities now available! Download the 2017 Sponsorship Packet for more information.



Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Midlands Council of Governments
SC Community Loan Fund
SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
University of South Carolina Center of Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities.