Slow Food Upstate, based in Greenville, S.C., is a local chapter, of Slow Food USA, which is a National branch of Slow Food International, headquartered in Bra, Italy. Slow Food Upstate serves all counties in the Upstate of South Carolina.
Slow Food S.C.- Upstate (Greenville) is a chapter of Slow Food U.S.A., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and is therefore a subordinate organization of Slow Food U.S.A.
The mission focus is food education.
Mission Statement Slow Food USA
"Slow Food USA envisions a future food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice-in essence, a food system that is good, clean and fair. We seek to catalyze a broad cultural shift away from the destructive effects of an industrial food system and fast life; toward the regenerative cultural, social and economic benefits of a sustainable food system, regional food traditions, the pleasures of the table and a slower and more harmonious rhythm of life."
Mission Statement, Slow Food Upstate
Embracing fully the mission of Slow Food USA, Slow Food Upstate seeks to base the chapter’s mission on education and sharing local food culture traditions in an accessible manner. We seek to provide opportunities for the development of gustatory discernment, which empowers people to be responsible and enthusiastic co-producers of the food they consume. We want to encourage and model eating practices that balance health, justice and enjoyment.
Our special emphases involve the 10 counties of Upstate of South Carolina, honoring local food traditions, and local producers, the well-being of the environment and the community. We strive as well in educating children and adults with appropriate workshops, classes, and dining opportunities to uphold biodiversity in the food system, with respect to Slow Food initiatives.