South Carolina Has Six Top Organizations Named in the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank’s Just Released New 2014 Good Food Org Guide

The first annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates more than four hundred U.S.-based groups including six from South Carolina who are cultivating a better food system

New York City, NY – The James Beard Foundation (www.jamesbeard.org) and Food Tank (www.FoodTank.com), along with a prestigious advisory group of food system experts, developed the first annual “Good Food Org Guide.” Six organizations from South Carolina were chosen including: City Roots, The Generous Garden Project, GrowFood Carolina, Lowcountry Local First, The South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program, and The South Carolina Organization for Organic Living.

This definitive Guide highlights nonprofit organizations that are doing exemplary work in the United States in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice. Only nonprofit, scholarly, and municipal initiatives have been selected in order to spotlight efforts that are focused on community building and engagement, advocacy, and service.

The vision and objective of this annual publication is to focus attention on the dozens of nonprofit organizations (listed in alphabetical order, not ranked) who are working in fields, kitchens, classrooms, laboratories, businesses, town halls, and Congress to create a better food system. The list was determined by distinguished experts, including past recipients of the James Beard Leadership Award and food and agriculture leaders.

“We hope this guide will serve as a resource for chefs, farmers, students, advocates, and others to find the resources they need about the growing good food movement in the U.S.,” says Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation.

This annual guide will be launched at the James Beard Food Conference on October 27, 2014 as the definitive guide to organizations—national and state-by-state—who are making an impact with their work.

These groups include organizations who combat childhood obesity, malnourishment, and physical inactivity; prevent food waste; educate consumers on healthy, nutritious food choices; create networks of social entrepreneurs; protect food and restaurant workers; highlight solutions for restoring the health of people and the planet; work with indigenous communities to preserve traditions, culture, and biodiversity; inspire and educate individuals to cook more of their own food; and protect public health, human health, and the environment.

“Food Tank is delighted to collaborate on this effort with the James Beard Foundation—we’re thrilled to highlight so many great organizations who are working to educate, inspire, and cultivate a better food system,” says Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank.

Included in the Guide are these six groups from South Carolina:

1. City Roots
City Roots seeks to reconnect cities with agriculture through urban farming. Located in Columbia, SC, City Roots grows 125 different kinds of fruits and vegetables and works actively with city residents.

2. The Generous Garden Project
The Generous Garden Project focuses on fighting hunger in South Carolina. Staff and volunteers grow produce in two gardens and distribute the food to pantries and outreach organizations across Greenville, SC. Since 2011, the project has distributed over 100,000 meals.

3. GrowFood Carolina
GrowFood Carolina provides resources to rural growers on issues such as post-harvest handling and storage of food to help them improve the quality of the regional food supply and ensure that local rural lands continue to be used for agricultural purposes. The organization aims to provide consumers with quality food sourced from local producers who are paid fair wages.

4. Lowcountry Local First
Lowcountry Local First in North Charleston, SC works with locally owned businesses and farmers to educate consumers about the benefits of supporting a local economy. Through public policy, advocacy, and community outreach, producers and farmers are connected to consumers.

5. The South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program
The South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program, which is sponsored by Clemson University, addresses the need to encourage new individuals to join the farming community. Through skills training, this program seeks to create active members of agricultural communities.

6. The South Carolina Organization for Organic Living
The South Carolina Organization for Organic Living organizes annual organic conferences in South Carolina, manages a small organic farm, and runs classes on issues such as urban agriculture, permaculture, and farming economics.

ABOUT FOOD TANK

Food Tank (www.FoodTank.com) is a think tank focused on feeding the world better. We research and highlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.

ABOUT JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation (JBF) celebrates, nurtures, and honors America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. In September of 2012, JBF launched the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Protocol and helped create the American Chef Corps as a way to champion American chefs abroad, promote American food products, and foster an interest in American culinary culture and history through international programs and initiatives. One such project is the next world’s fair, Expo Milano 2015, for which the James Beard Foundation is co-leading the effort for the State Department to design and produce the USA Pavilion, a global gathering of 147 countries addressing the challenges of how we will feed ourselves in the future. The pavilion, whose theme will be “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” will showcase America’s contributions to global food security and gastronomy. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Find insights on food at the James Beard Foundation’s blog Delights & Prejudices. Join the James Beard Foundation on Facebook. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Twitter and Instagram.

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