Fresh Food Access and Lower-Income Populations in the Charleston, SC Tri-County Area
South Carolina is currently second in the nation in hunger. As rates of public and private food assistance program utilization have risen, lower-income populations have been left behind in the movement towards organic and local fresh food economies and utilization. For these populations, the acquisition of any food is the priority. This causes lower-income populations to possibly experience health problems due to the cheaper and easier to acquire nature of energy-dense, high calorie foods versus more expensive, harder to acquire fresh food options. Several organizations in the Charleston tri-county area are focused on bridging the gap for these lower-income populations, providing more access to fresh food grown in the lowcountry. Case studies of three organizations: Fields to Families, Metanoia Community Development Corporation, and the Lowcountry Food Bank examine how each organization meets this need, gaps in service, and desired changes and support to improve access and organization success.
Hunger -- South Carolina; Food relief; Poor