Following the welcome by Senior Issues Group co-chairs, James Bennett and Vee Daniel, each panelist shared how their organization’s work impacts food security in the Upstate, specifically for seniors.

    Brooke Brittain, Associate Director, Food and Nutrition Security, Clemson University, shared information on the Clemson Health Clinic in Walhalla and Clemson mobile clinics that provide breast screening through DHEC’s Best Chance Network, and cardiovascular screening and counseling through the WISEWOMAN program. Clemson worked with Ten at the Top to create an Upstate Food Access Map, as well as other resource maps found here. More information about Clemson’s food security program in Oconee County may be found here.

    Jim Abbot of the Pickens County Salvation Army spoke of their part in delivering food from pantries to community centers and churches in Pickens County’s food deserts. The Salvation Army now delivers food for 15 households where the average age is 67 years.

    Lesa Howard of 5 Point Church coordinates providing 20-25 pounds of food per person to hundreds of people in the area. As of last week, 274 households were served, including 581 individuals. Lesa also coordinates FoodShare deliveries twice a month with Feed & Seed.

    Trish Tripp of Feed & Seed Co. is an expert in foodborne illness advocacy and communication in addition to bringing the Feed & Seed concept to fruition. Feed & Seed’s Food Innovation Hub is a multi-purpose facility in Greenville that serves the Upstate’s resident, farmers, and communities. Join Feed & Seed for their grand opening ribbon-cutting at 10:00am on April 8!

    Ten at the Top Upcoming Events – Register on TATT’s website

    Upstate Connect

    April 22 at the Dream Center in Easley

    Focus on the Future Upstate Summit

    May 10 at the Convention Center in Greenville

    Keynote Speaker – Richard Florida

    Thank you to our Senior Issues Group sponsors, Upstate Home Care Solutions and the Better Business Bureau of the Upstate, and to Tri-County Technical College in Easley for providing the venue.