Charleston, SC – As part of the 7th Annual Eat Local Month, sign up is now open for Lowcountry Local First’s Eat Local Challenge, which will take place during the month of April and is open to teams and individuals. The goal of the Eat Local Challenge is to help consumers Make the Shift in their choices and their spending towards local in order to cultivate a strong local economy. The Eat Local Challenge asks participants to pledge to shift $10 or more of their weekly spending toward locally grown and produced food. Throughout the month, Lowcountry Local First will offer participants resources, recipe ideas, and tips for success in eating locally. Lowcountry Local First defines “local food” as that of which is grown, produced or sourced as close to home as possible and within the state of South Carolina.
Although agribusiness is SC’s largest industry, SC imports over 90% of its food with the average meal traveling over 1,500 miles to get to our plates. “With bountiful opportunities that link local food and consumers like farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSAs), and local sections in grocery stores, we hope participants will discover just how easy and rewarding eating locally is for everyone. Try something new!” says Jamee Haley, Executive Director for Lowcountry Local First.
The Eat Local Challenge will officially kick off on April 1st and conclude on April 30th. Individuals and teams are invited to use Lowcountry Local First’s app, available for Android and Apple devices, to interact, learn and share their experiences. Participants are invited to participate in the #howieatlocal Instagram contest sponsored by Verde to win weekly gift cards. More details here.
Eat Local Month is presented by Limehouse Produce, and supported by Middleton Place, Steen Enterprises, Charleston Magazine, and Edible Charleston Magazine.
Businesses, individuals, and families
Eat Local Challenge presented by Lowcountry Local First
The Lowcountry of South Carolina
Pledges are being taken now. The Challenge is April 1st – 30th, 2018
To collectively shift our spending toward local food to positively impact our communities and our local economy.
Sign up online: http://lowcountrylocalfirst.org/events/eat-local-challenge/
Lowcountry Local First, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, cultivates an economy anchored in local ownership, because local-independent businesses are the cornerstone of our culture, economy, and character.
TO LEARN MORE:
To learn more about the Eat Local Challenge or to register as an individual or team, visit lowcountrylocalfirst.org or email [email protected]; find us on Twitter: @lowcountrylocal #EatLocalCHS; and Facebook: facebook.com/LowcountryLocalFirst.
Lowcountry Local First