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Slow Food Charleston

Our Mission

Slow Food is an idea, a way of living, and a way of eating. Slow Food Charleston is part of a global grassroots movement that supports, preserves, and promotes local foodways and good nutrition for all.

Slow Food Charleston advocates for a food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice. We do this through:

  • Educational displays at public events
  • Sponsoring organic garden projects at Sanders-Clyde Elementary School & Stono Park Elementary Scho0l (in collaboration with the Charleston Area Children’s Garden Project and the Yo Art Project)
  • Promoting various events held during the year, highlighting the farmers and chefs who produce and utilize sustainable, fresh, and locally grown food.

Youth Community Action Club (YCAC)

Slow Food Charleston YCAC is a pilot club of high school students in Charleston County whose mission is to provide volunteer hours for organizations committed to improving our local food community, supporting the people who live in our community, and celebrating good food.

This club was formed in the fall of 2010 and currently has ten members representing three high schools. In addition to serving the community, the members’ shared vision is to help establish similar clubs in the area by providing mentoring and an established organizational framework.

For 2011, the main focus of this club is to plan, prepare, and serve meals at Crisis Ministries on a quarterly basis. The club members will actively select dates of the volunteer service, plan healthy menus with a focus on local and seasonal items, raise funds and secure sponsors to cover the costs associated with the meal service, prepare and serve the meals for about 40 people at the Crisis Ministries Family Center, and work within the parameters of Crisis Ministries’ operational rules and requirements for volunteerism and food preparation.

Operating under the auspices of Slow Food Charleston, to date YCAC members have earned community service hours working for local agencies such as the Charleston Area Children’s Garden Project, Lowcountry Local First, Joseph Fields Farm, Crisis Ministries, as well as Slow Food Charleston.

Volunteer opportunities are not limited to Slow Food-affiliated organizations but are limited to organizations sanctioned by the leadership board of the club and its adult advisers. For more information, please contact Melissa Clegg at graymad@me.com.


Slow Food Charleston Blog
Slow Food USA
Children’s Garden Project

Lowcountry Local First

Yo Art Project

Southern Foodways Alliance

Time for Lunch Campaign

Louie’s Kids

Carolina Farm Stewards

Weston A. Price Foundation

From the Slow Food Charleston Blog

Italy-based Slow Wine to Tour US in January & February
posted on Wed January 04, 2012

posted on Thu November 03, 2011

Sweet Potato Bisque with Virginia Wildflower Honey & Truffle
posted on Thu November 03, 2011