Where the Money Goes

Where the Money Goes

A real impact on Community Food Programs

Slow Food the County raises money each year through a number of activities and events. The Slow & Sinful Gala fundraiser is a fixture on the calendar each November. As a volunteer-led organization with no paid staff, the operational costs are minimal. After expenses, proceeds are used in a number of ways to benefit the community.

Support for the Community

In 2012, we launched the Slow Food Seed Fund with the County Community Foundation. Monies raised from the Gala go to this charitable fund. The Seed Fund does three things:

  1. It sponsors food education for young people in our community
  2. It improves access to food to those that need it
  3. It provides seed money for small producers and farmers to make their operations more efficient

Recipients to date include:

  • Picton United Church Food Bank
  • Storehouse Foodbank
  • Loyalist College’s culinary program
  • The Willi Fida Fund
  • Pyramid Farm and Ferments

Visit the County Community Foundation website to learn more or to contribute.

Support for Food Banks

This year, Slow Food partnered with Goodfellow Meats to contribute ground beef with a $500 value to the Picton United Church Food Bank, which serves the east half of the County. The Storehouse Foodbank, which serves the west half of the County, received a $500 cheque to fund assistance to families.


Support for Sustainable Agriculture

Slow Food has partnered with Local 344 of the National Farmers’ Union to create the John Della Bosca award, a program for innovative, sustainable farming initiatives. Each partner contributed $1,000 for this cooperative award initiative

Last year's award was presented to Pyramid Farm & Ferments at the Slow Food annual general meeting in April. 

Support for Food Education

Through the County Community Foundation, Slow Food provided $250 to the Willi Fida Foundation to fund a scholarship for a student in the culinary arts program at Loyalist College. Slow Food also provided bursaries to one first-year and one second-year student who showed the greatest commitment to the Field to Table ethos.

Additionaly, the teaching kitchen at Loyalist was equipped with a hand smoker and a professional knife sharpener, at a value of $500, through the foundation.

The Recreation Outreach Centre (ROC) operates several programs that benefit young members of the community by providing a safe venue where children of varying ages can participate in sports, crafts, cooking and other life programs. Slow Food is supporting the food-related programming at ROC designed to teach children about food skills and healthy eating.

The HUB Children’s Garden is a new food learning outdoor classroom in Picton. Slow Food is proud to be one of the founding sponsors of this important community project. The first of its kind in the County, the program will teach young children about food from seed to table in a fun, communal environment.

While all the children and families that utilize the HUB programs will be involved with the project, a special focus will be with families of lower income who struggle on a regular basis with food security.