Slow Food USA
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Frequently asked questions


What’s the goal of the day?
The goal is to take back the ‘value meal’ – because slow food shouldn’t have to cost more than fast food. We’re asking people to share what they do in their kitchens and with their families to cook fresh, healthy food on a budget. Together, we’re learning what works, what doesn’t, and what needs to change in order to make good food affordable and available for everyone.

What will people do that day?
Get together with friends, family, and neighbors for slow food meals that cost less than $5 per person. You can sign up or find a local $5 meal at slowfoodusa.org/5challenge. The meals can be potlucks, dinners, workshops, or anything else – as long as it’s less than $5 and you register it online. No meal is too small.

Who can organize a meal?
Anyone! Many of the $5 meals are being organized by Slow Food chapters across the country, but anyone can organize a $5 meal and register it online.

What if I’m busy on September 17?
You can take the $5 Challenge any time! Take the pledge in order to show your support, and we’ll send you $5 cooking tips and updates on the campaign.

What’s slow food?
Slow food – the opposite of fast food – is healthy, local, and delicious. It’s food that’s good for you, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet.