The global, mostly grassroots Slow Food movement has managed to secure a foothold in the public consciousness of numerous countries and cultures (it has members in over 150 countries). It hasn’t, however, made the same kind of headway in the US. That may soon change. Slow Food USA, has received a landmark $1.2 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which will help address “inequities in the food system by raising awareness internally and externally, building relationships with diverse communities and establishing partnerships with organizations in this area of work”. The grant will also fund the development of a public initiative to promote the values Slow Food is trying to encourage.
“This is a historic moment for Slow Food USA and it could not have come at a better time as we build momentum for the next few years,” Katherine Deumling, Board Chair of Slow Food USA said in a press release. “There is great inequity in our food system, and we must all work to make it easier for everyone to access good, healthy food – through preserving our diverse foods and food traditions and through building bridges with communities negatively impacted by the industrial food system. We’re grateful for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s support and confidence in Slow Food as a key force for change.”
This is the single largest grant Slow Food USA has ever received.
Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food USA‘s network has chapters in nearly every state.
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