SC Plants the Seed is a partnership between various state agencies that target low-income and rural populations by bringing local farmers to public libraries and providing nutrition education, free books, and affordable, fresh produce. The goals of this program are to promote early literacy and lifelong learning; increase awareness about locally farmed produce; provide lower-income and rural populations the chance to buy healthier foods; and educate residents about safe food preparation and storage.
Those spending at least $5.00 in Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive $10.00 worth of SNAP Healthy Bucks tokens to purchase produce from the approved Healthy Bucks farmers. Anyone is able to purchase produce with SNAP, Healthy Bucks tokens, credit cards, debit cards, and/or cash. SC Plants the Seed is provided by the South Carolina State Library, Department of Social Services, Department of Health and Environmental Control, local farmers, and funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.