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Food resources available in the Midlands during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Columbia Food Policy Committee has released a list of resources for people in need of food.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Columbia Food Policy Committee (CFPC) is working to make sure people throughout the Midlands are fed during the coronavirus crisis.

The group released a list of food resources, some free, and others supporting local farms and restaurants.

The chair of the CFPC says a lot of resources have been stretched during this time and they want to make sure that families know where to go.

"So certainly, it was important for the Columbia Food Policy Committee to work with various non-profit partners, the city [of Columbia] and others, to compile a list of resources that contains what are some local farmers, local produce that you can support," says Ashley Page, CFPC chair. "We know our grocery stores are open, they're getting a lot of business, but our local farmers they aren't. With some of the farmers markers being closed, their business is certainly getting a hit."

HERE IS THE LIST OF RESOURCES:

FREE MEAL/FOOD RESOURCES:

Harvest Hope Food Bank:
Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: 2220 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 803-254-4432

Salvation Army of the Midlands Food Pantry:
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: 3024 Farrow Road, Columbia, SC 29203
Phone Number: 803-765-0260

SENIOR RESOURCES:

Senior Resources is continuing to cover all clients currently enrolled in the Meals on Wheels Program. Any senior citizen in Richland County with five (5) free meals each week on a first come, first served basis.
Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:30am-12pm
Locations will vary by day. Please visit the Senior Resources website to find a list of locations
Phone Number: 803-252-7734 

SCHOOL MEALS:

RELATED: List: School meal programs in South Carolina due to coronavirus closings

Richland School District One:
The Nutrition Services team will provide five days worth of breakfast and lunch for all students. The day to pick up meals are ONLY on Mondays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the following locations: 

  • Carver-Lyon Elementary School, 2100 Waverly Street, Columbia, SC 29204
  • Hyatt Park Elementary School, 4200 North Main Street, Columbia, SC 29203
  • Caughman Road Elementary School, 7725 Caughman Road, Columbia, SC 29209
  • South Kilbourne Elementary School, 1400 South Kilbourne Street, Columbia, SC 29205
  • Edward E. Taylor Elementary School, 200 McRae Street, Columbia, SC 29203
  • St. Andrews Middle School, 1231 Bluefield Drive, Columbia, SC 29210
  • Southeast Middle School, 731 Horrell Hill Road, Hopkins, SC 29061
  • Eau Claire High School, 4800 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203
  • Lower Richland High School, 2615 Lower Richland Boulevard, Hopkins, SC 29061
  • Richland One Central Kitchen, 1224 Whitney Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Richland School District Two:
The school district will distribute grab and go breakfast and lunch through pick-up lines outside of the school buildings at various school locations. Breakfast and lunch will be distributed from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. In an effort to support social-distancing practices, the meals cannot be consumed on site. 

  • Bethel-Hanberry Elementary
  • Bridge Creek Elementary 
  • Dent Middle
  • Joseph Keels Elementary 
  • Killian Elementary
  • Longleaf Middle 
  • LW Conder Elementary
  • North Springs Elementary 
  • Polo Road Elementary
  • Pontiac Elementary 
  • Rice Creek Elementary

 LOCAL PRODUCE

EZE Farms:
Purchase your locally grown organic spring produce from EZE Farms. Items currently available include lettuce and spring onions.
Location: 2323 Harrison Road, Columbia, SC 29204
Phone Number: 910-240-2075    
manager@ezefarms.org                                                     

Foodshare Produce Boxes:
A large box costs $20 if paying cash. If you are a SNAP participant and use your SNAP card to purchase your box, your SNAP will be charged only $10 and you receive an instant $10 Healthy Bucks match to cover the rest of the cost.

A small box costs $15 if paying cash. If you are a SNAP participant and use your SNAP card to purchase your box, your SNAP will be charged only $5 and you receive an instant $10 Healthy Bucks match to cover the rest of the cost.

If you need additional information, please give us a call at 803-851-4461

 Produce Box Pick-up Calendar 

Farmers2Neighbors: 
A temporary initiative by Foodshare and Senn Brothers to nourish families, restore jobs and get our local supply chain working again. Purchase a large variety box of produce on a weekly basis for only $21. Produce will be delivered directly to your neighborhood for pick-up.

If you need additional information, please give us a call at 803-851-4461 or visit us online.

Senn Brothers Produce:

Purchase a mixed box of produce for $30. The box will need to be picked up in person via a curbside method. You must call to place your order prior to 2pm.
Location: 327 Wholesale Lane, West Columbia, SC
Phone Number: 803-252-8723

More information can be found here on the Columbia Food Policy Committee's Facebook Page