2020 annual report
In 2020, we went through a major rewiring of our lives. We lost dear friends and businesses, reconfigured both work and education, and marched in the streets demanding racial justice. And we reoriented Slow Food USA right along with it all. We canceled our major Slow Food Nations festival and all regional gatherings, and we moved other events online. We launched a relief program called the National Resilience Fund and started Slow Food Live, a virtual series celebrating Slow Food values.
As our lives and work continue to shift, we are keenly aware that cultivating strong relationships is the only way forward.
Centering relationships means slowing down and building stronger ties. It means cultivating trust among Slow Food leaders. It means centering Black, Indigenous and People of Color, who have often experienced the Slow Food movement as an exclusive club. It means examining our internal policies and strategies to see how we may truly activate our equity, inclusion and justice manifesto. It means mixing joy and justice as we share meals and tell stories.
Thank you for all you have done to grow the Slow Food movement, even as so much slowed down in 2020. Read on to learn how we persevered and supported each other in an indescribable year.
Executive Director, Slow Food USA
recommitting to racial justice
Like so many individuals and organizations, Slow Food USA responded to the brutal murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black Americans by charting a path toward racial justice within and around our movement. As the national office, we know we need to lead our network’s efforts to dismantle systems of oppression. We revisited the Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Manifesto and outlined 11 initial action steps in June 2020.
We recognize that this is an ongoing journey, and we continue to examine and to evolve our policies and work to dismantle racism and all other forms of oppression.
chapters made racial justice action plans in 2020
SLOW FOOD NORTH LOUISIANA
“The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau in July 2020 launched a website featuring Black-owned restaurants, and Slow Food North Louisiana will create a companion online inventory of BIPOC-owned farms and food producers that will live on our website. We will also endeavor to source from this list as much as possible when we are hosting Slow Food events that involve shared meals.”
SLOW FOOD DALLAS-FORT WORTH
“We will provide opportunities to highlight BIPOC Voices to raise DFW community awareness of both important and valuable people and programs in the community for at least 75% of the offerings (via educational events, social media and newsletter).”
responding to covid-19
SUPPORTING SURVIVAL AND RESILIENCE
Between individual donors, companies and foundations, we raised over $90,000 USD in 2020 and distributed grants to 38 projects throughout the country. The fund is designed to give direct financial support to vital businesses and workers in community-based food systems, through local Slow Food chapters and groups. By injecting extra funds to local community initiatives that most need support, we help them survive the COVID-19 crisis and build resilient economies and communities for the future, with good, clean and fair food front and center.
Sharing wisdom across our network — Live
Slow Food Live brings Slow Food into your home with free webinars and conversations led by experts in a skill or topic that you can join from anywhere on your digital device. We hosted 50 sessions between March and December, with a wide range in topics, from cooking dumplings, to starting seeds, to the history of southern food. Over 4000 people registered for these sessions in 2020, and our extensive video library archive is still being viewed.
dollars raised for the national resilience fund
grants distributed throughout the US
SLOW FOOD EAST END
Our Long Island, NY chapter offered resilience grants to 20 local businesses, such as food producers and farmers. They also made donations to five of their Snail of Approval awardees to help them in the toughest moments of the pandemic.
Slow Food Turtle Island Association
At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, programs providing food to our Native American elders were shut down. Chef Brian Yazzie has teamed up with local Native volunteers, including the staff of the Gatherings Café at the Minneapolis American Indian Center to create project #FeedingOurElders, which utilizes donations from around the city and country to provide healthy lunches for the Indigenous elders in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
LEARNING FROM OUR CHAPTERS
SLOW FOOD st. louis
Slow Food St. Louis responded quickly to local farmers suffering due to markets shutting down during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. They hosted a fundraiser and donated to 16 BIPOC farmers seeking support. Slow Food St. Louis also hosted a fundraiser to raise funds for a local food bank providing meals.
SLOW FOOD atlanta
In March 2020, Slow Food Atlanta partnered with Tandem Quilting, a refugee makers group, to sew masks for Restaurants. Slow Food Atlanta supplied Face Masks to 60 Black-owned Restaurants. At that time there was a severe shortage of masks available to
SLOW FOOD DC
In November, Slow Food DC board member Mark Haskell curated and moderated a virtual Humanitini panel discussion about DC food roots and culture. The 90-minute event, titled Our Newest Roots Joining the Mother Roots, explored how new African influences are affecting DC’s established African roots.
making an impact
virtual leader summit
Our annual gathering of chapter leaders, governors and volunteers shifted to a virtual setting, setting a stage for 24 panel discussions, educational sessions and workshops designed to strengthen the movement.
Our sessions focused on four domains in 2020: programming, communications, leadership and fundraising. We featured a conversation about equity, inclusion and justice featuring Jovan Sage, Denisa Livingston and Jim Embry and a roundtable show-and-tell session about programming that chapters had either started or dramatically altered in 2020.
plant a seed
The Plant a Seed campaign invites school garden educators and individuals to bring biodiversity, flavor and history into their gardens. Each year, we put together a cast of endangered and biodiverse seeds that tell a story. In 2020, we distributed 702 kits to chapters, school gardens and individual gardeners.
For schools that shut down due to COVID-19, some teachers started the seeds and shared the seedlings with their students. Others continued to work in their gardens over the summer. We also broadened our outreach and shared seeds with the Navajo Nation and community groups who requested donated seeds.
slow food usa by the numbers
members and donors
organizations that chapters partnered with
plant a seed kits distributed
slow food live episodes
@slowfoodusa instagram followers
TOTAL REVENUE: $629,430
Events & program fees: $71,487
TOTAL EXPENSES: $728,633
meet our team
In the midst of global change and upheaval, we closed our physical office in Brooklyn and are now a permanently remote team. This new era makes it all the more important to intentionally build relationships and support one another.
2020 National office team
Giselle Kennedy Lord
Emily Jean Thomas
2020 Board of directors
Paolo Di Croce
Joel Smith (chair)
Kathryn Lynch Underwood
HONORING OUR DONORS
Thank you for supporting us through a difficult year.
Our members, donors, foundations, and corporate partners fuel the Slow Food movement here in the US, where we need to make significant shifts in food systems to ensure that food is good, clean and fair for all. We appreciate your support and trust in leading this work.
Flora Family Foundation
GRACE Communications Foundation
Davines North America
Roy A. Hunt Foundation
Slow Food San Francisco
Whole Foods Market
Robert Tod Chubrich
Clif Bar Family Foundation
Cultures of Resistance Network Foundation
FAO Liaison Office for North America
Jaideep and Rachel Khanna Foundation
Russell’s Reserve Bourbon
Slow Food East End
Joel Smith and Terra Brockman
John Stewart III and Ramon Torres
Jeff Chandler and Donna Morea
Community Foundation Boulder County, The Flagg Family
The Jones Family
Lynne Frame and Richard Hoskins
Ellen Kirsh and Tony, Elizabeth, Alex and Victoria Clifford
Christopher Jeffrey and Laura Luciano
Tom and Kristina Montague
Russell Nelson and Leonard Lanzi
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Christopher and Caitlin Rorer
Selina Rossiter and Sandy Colhoun
Sitka Salmon Shares
Slow Food Austin
Slow Food Charleston
Slow Food Chicago
Slow Food Dallas
Slow Food Houston
Slow Food Huron Valley
Slow Food Russian River
Slow Food San Francisco
Southern Glazer Wine and Spirits
T Buck Suzuki
Rick Theis and Carolyn Johnson
Jessica Valdespino and John Moussouris
Randall and Carolyn Abney
Jim and Elaine Brett
Lolita and John Casazza
Peter de Garmo
Dock to Dish
Deborah Manjoney and T. Stanwyck
Lynn Phillips and Warren Bakken
Michael Pollan and Judith Belzer
Jeremy Schmutz and Jane Grimwood
Slow Food California
Slow Food Sonoma County North
David and Lucinda Shields
Gary and Susan Spoto
Edwin and Grace Yowell
Angie, Leslie and Ayla Acakpo-Satchivi
Elisa Joseph and Jenna Anders
Lynn Phillips and Warren Bakken
Michael and Jo Anne Bander
Janis Boettinger and Eugene Schupp
Alfred and Mary Burtleson
Margaret Gay Chanler
David and Maxine Clark
Jill Barnes and Paul Colin
Gwen and Larry Crist
Farahad Dastoor and Jean Macrae
Joyce and Daniel Flynn
Susan Fort and John Dammann
Lynne Frame and Richard Hoskins
Eugene Griffin III and Clark Griffin-Eddings
Linda Grimaldi and Joseph Catalano
Gail and Michael Lamotte
Myron and Susan Levine
Becky and Dan Lieberman
Tony and Nancy Lilly
Karen and Olivia Martin
Rick, Kristi, Emma and Kate Michael
Peter, Colleen, Jill and Kyle Morich
Deborah Nucatola and Sean Alquist
Jackie and Kevin Parks
Peconic Land Trust
Gina Purl and Dave Lively
Darlene Salatto Rose
Anneli and Peter Schalock
Richard and Susan Shereff
Slow Food Prescott
Karen, Ron, Claire, Paige and Karl Stark
Scott and Leslie Steen
Henry Suhr III
Scott Thompson and Maria Sakellariou
Edwina von Gal
“I believe in healthy, clean eating, cooking with fresh ingredients, the joy that food brings as it unites us and gathers us together, and the stories behind food and culture. Slow Food has a mission that aligns with those values.”
SLOW FOOD INTERNATIONAL: 2020 ANNUAL REPORT
Learn how the global network of Slow Food organizations persevered through 2020 and pursued joy and justice in their work.