Become a Local Chapter Donor
Local Chapter Donors are defined as individuals who donate $50 or more annually to the St. Louis local chapter. Click on the “Donate” button to the right of your screen to make a one time payment or set up a recurring monthly payment for $10 or more. This option supports your local chapter programming directly directly.
The Slow Food St. Louis local chapter organizes a variety of programs to support local, sustainable farming and eating and the use of locally-produced products.
Slow Food St. Louis hosts over 40 events each year, all dedicated to raising awareness among St. Louisans about where their food comes from and how it was produced. Recent programming has included documentary film screenings, tastings, gardening workshops, Truck Farm events, and a speaker series with local farmers. Most recently we have produced an online Farm to Table Food Loop Directory of local farms serving the St. Louis area. We also host fundraising events such as Feast in the Field, a multi-course, sit-down dinner prepared by area chefs at Claverach Farm, and Art of Food, which showcases local food produced by the area’s top restaurants.
Promoting Sustainable Farming
Since 2009, our organization has awarded over $60,000 to more than 50 local farms, supporting the cultivation of over 300 heirloom varieties and heritage breeds through our Biodiversity Micro Grant program. This initiative encourages farmers to grow heirloom produce and raise heritage breed animals, with Slow Food St. Louis taking on all or part of the financial risk of the project. The program also encourages farmers to explore more niche product offerings to distinguish their businesses.
BECOME A SLOW FOOD USA MEMBER
Members are the heart of the Slow Food Movement. By becoming a member of SLOW FOOD USA you help us move towards a more delicious and sustainable future as you support and further the growth of local, national and international programs.
Slow Food is a grassroots non-profit supported by members who pay annual dues. There are approximately 50 dues-paying members in Slow Food St. Louis and over 15,000 in the U.S.
When you become a member, your voice will be added to those of more than 18,000 individuals in the USA, and 80,000 worldwide, who are committed to changing the food system for the better. Slow Food is the only organization that celebrates the delicious tastes of our nation, honors the unsung heroes of our tables, and brings together those committed to making a difference in our food system.
From tasting twenty heirloom varieties of tomatoes, to changing local policy on school lunches, to providing farmers with financial support after disasters, your membership helps you take action where it’s needed most. When you become a member of Slow Food USA, you are not simply paying for a subscription to our publications, or for a membership card; $5 of every Slow Food USA membership (based out of St. Louis) go to further the goals and initiatives of Slow Food locally, nationally and internationally. Through this exchange, our members can be personally involved in furthering the goal.
Slow Food International uses their percentage to help open new Slow Food offices around the world. There are currently over 800 chapters in 50 countries with seven national offices. With your support, Slow Food continues to establish new offices and chapters, increasing our body of members and strengthening our international community.
Your dues also support development of the movement here in the US, including the development of new chapters. On average 40 chapters open each year, and that number is growing! Slow Food USA provides support to existing chapters and networks all 300+ leaders to share their wealth of knowledge and experience enabling chapters to become even stronger and reach farther into their communities.
The rest of your dues go towards publications, operating expenses, and membership services, all of which help our movement grow and function while keeping our members updated and connected. Membership dues provide only a fraction of the general operating needs to support such programs as Communications and Outreach, Terra Madre, Slow Food In Schools, Slow Food On Campus, RAFT, Ark & Presidia, subsidized student rates, and our participation at Slow Food Nation.
Your annual membership is important to keeping Slow Food alive. We thank you for your continued support, contribution, and communal enthusiasm.