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Growing COB partners are working with Food Share to buy additional groceries beyond harvest to increase the grocery giveaway.
Growing COB was formed about three years ago when two people involved in researching and solving food deserts across the state joined forces.
“A perfect example is Bowman,” said Hardy. “Bowman doesn’t have a grocery store. Most of Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun are rural. There isn’t a lot of access. When it comes to disease, especially among minorities, a lot has to do with what you eat. “
“This was born to give minorities, especially those on low incomes, access to fresh fruits and vegetables,” she said.
Starting from two people, Growing COB has grown to over 50 members and a board of five members.
Growing COB has cohorts in Bamberg, Ehrhardt, Denmark and Orangeburg and has already created around seven community gardens, including at RMC and South Carolina State University.
One board member – Nathan Hill – has a garden in the ground. It is COB’s largest garden.
The first grant Growing COB received was kindly made available by the organization Eat Smart and Move More. The grant went to the placement of a garden in SC State.
The community garden in the Samaritan House is the latest success story in the reopening of the animal shelter.