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“I think it is very useful and it is a good need for the community — their stuff is always fresh and they have it organized,” Prince said. “The ones that we service are all well pleased. They look forward to it.”
ABG purchases produce from local farms when it is available and in season.
Some farms that participated in the program included: Hickory Bluff Berry Farm in Holly Hill, Edisto Blueberries in St. Matthews, William Hughes in Cordova, and various other farmers throughout the Lowcountry and Midlands.
“During the pandemic, an awareness of local food increased due to the focus on the food system, and a fear that a centralized food system may fail the public,” Johnson said. “This interest caused an increase in buying food from local farmers. ABG has always supported local farmers by buying their goods for the Foodshare box.”
Any agricultural producer is eligible to be a member of ACE Basin Growers. There are no fees.
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The Foodshare program offers access to healthy food at an affordable price.
“We value our produce box at $25 retail, but it only costs $15 and if you have EBT, it only costs $5,” Johnson said. “The state Healthy Bucks program covers the remainder of the EBT transaction. Through the increased consumption of health produce, the community will see better health outcomes.”