Researched by Helen Bush and Written by Rachel Werner | Photos courtesy of Saya Inoue
It’s no surprise that a city as food-conscious as Madison has a university student body equally obsessed. Slow Food UW is a student run organization serving healthy meals for only $5 on Monday evenings during the fall and spring semesters. The Family Dinner Nights are a key element of the program and take place in the basement of The Crossing, a nondenominational ministry organization on campus. Faculty, students and local residents come together to eat a three-course menu created by a local culinary pro, then prepped by Slow Food volunteers using ingredients solely sourced from local farms, farmers’ markets and Willy Street Co-Op. Slow Food UW Co-Executive Director Elizabeth Geboy affirms the group is providing proper sustenance to those who may not be able to afford it otherwise. “This program has now been running since 2007 and we can now feed up to 140 people each week,” she shares. “We’re committed to making it as accessible as we can since our mission remains to get as much good, clean food to as many people as possible.”
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