Did you know Slow Food is run entirely by volunteers? Here are some ways you can help us support Chicago’s good food culture.  To learn more or sign up for upcoming opportunities, fill out the form below.


To become a volunteer or learn more, e-mail volunteer@slowfoodchicago.org


Support an Event

Want to help with an event? Got an idea for hosting an event?  Are you skilled with photography or video production? 

Through our events, we

  • Create interest in and support for our local food culture
  • Promote sustainable producers and purveyors in our community
  • Bring people together through the common language of food

We host 10-20 events every year.  Most come from the suggestions of members and volunteers.

Teach a Workshop

Have something you can teach the community?

We are looking for workshop teachers, hosts and locations to promote the culture of local, sustainable food and preserve food traditions.

Slow Food Chicago will help sponsor, produce, or promote the workshop.

Volunteer with the Preserve Garden

The preSERVE garden is a garden in North Lawndale created in partnership with Slow Food Chicago, the North Lawndale Greening Committee, the Chicago Honey Co-Op, and NeighborSpace.

The garden relies entirely on volunteer love. Consider lending a hand! We need help with:

  • Planting, weeding, and harvesting
  • Planning events at the garden or in the neighborhood
  • Writing grants and identifying additional sources of funding

Other Opportunities

There are many other ways you can volunteer for Slow Food.  Some include:

  • Supporting our PR and communications efforts
  • Helping with grantwriting proposals
  • Assisting with web development and other virtual tools

External Volunteer Partnership Opportunities

Slow Food Chicago is proud to have a network of more than 600 volunteers who share their impressive variety of skills with us — everything from gardening, social media, and photography to cooking, blogging and graphic design. If your organization aligns with Slow Food Chicago’s mission of good, clean, and fair food and you’re in need of some extra people-power for a project or event, please let us know! For appropriate volunteer opportunities, we’ll include information in our monthly Volunteer Newsletter and see if any of our wonderful volunteers are available to help. 
Please contact volunteer@slowfoodchicago.org 2 weeks in advance with information about the type of event/project, how many people are needed, skills desired, date/time/location, and any other relevant details.