SFUW recieves 501(c)3 non-profit status

Slow Food UW is the largest and most active campus chapter of Slow Food USA and now with national 501(c)3 not-for-profit status.


The Slow Food University of Wisconsin (SFUW) chapter of Slow Food USA recently received 501(c)3 not-for-profit status. SFUW is the largest and most active campus chapter of Slow Food USA and functions with 32 interns, five projects and over 500 customers on a weekly basis. The organization was established in 2007 by Genya Erling, a University of Wisconsin Madison graduate student at the time. Since then the organization’s following has grown tremendously having a large impact on UW Madison’s campus.

Slow Food UW is able to benefit from the 501(c)3 status by being more financially stable in years to come, having the ability to receive tax-deductible donations and to hold fundraisers that support the organization. SFUW’s taxes will also be retroactively returned from the last 27 months.

These benefits will further help the organization foster education around today’s current food system. The SFUW mission strives to bring awareness to the economic, political and social aspects of the national and global food community.

As a completely student run organization, the mission advocates for transparency and offers educational material to customers, volunteers and interns while also supporting Madison’s local farmers and food producers. The students of SFUW strive to bring locally sourced, home-made food to the UW Madison campus, at an affordable price. The projects also allow them to work with many community members and organizations.

The students behind SFUW are eager to build community and advocate for social change in today’s food system. The Crossing, where most SFUW projects take place, has supported SFUW as a religiously unaffiliated organization that is home to culture, community and philanthropic acts dedicated to the food system. SFUW greatly appreciates the strong relationship with The Crossing and values them as mentors to the organization.

SFUW would not be at the position it currently is without the assistance from many dedicated supporters and interns over the years. It has grown very much over the last few years being able to make a significant impact on the UW Madison campus, and greater Madison community.

The organization is very appreciative of all its supporters and will be hosting a celebratory event in order to honor them. Further details about this celebratory event will be published via the SFUW email list serve, social media accounts and website, slowfooduw.com.

For any questions or inquiries please reach out to us via email, slowfooduw@gmail.com.

Thank you and congratulations to all!

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