USC, local groups launch FoodShare to improve access to healthy food

The University of South Carolina’s school of public health and its medical school are teaming up with community organizations to help people get increased access to fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables.

The program is called Food Share Columbia and kicked off Wednesday.

The program helps people purchase a box of affordable, locally produced fruits and vegetables through a weekly pickup system.

Representatives of the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, the Richland Library, EdVenture Children’s Museum and the Columbia Housing Authority held an open house Wednesday to explain the program.

The open house included a healthy cooking demonstration from EdVenture Children’s Museum and Richland Library’s Play Freely Bus. Participants of the program also were be on site to pick up their first box of fresh food box.

From staff and wire reports