Take the $5 Challenge
IDEAS FOR $5 MEALS
Ask everyone to bring something fresh,
healthy, and home-cooked that costs $5 or less for four servings. Have people
introduce themselves, their dish, and what their approach was to making the
dish cost-effective. Or, have a “conversation starter” potluck about expanding
access to fresh, healthy food in your community.
Invite people to a community meal where
you’ll be serving fresh, healthy food for $5. Before the meal, gather
volunteers to plan a menu, go to the market together, and then cook together in
someone’s kitchen. At the meal, pass the hat and ask for a $5 donation. If
people like it, form a new cooking team for another meal next month!
Challenge people to make a fresh, healthy
dish that costs no more than $5 per serving. Let everyone try each other’s
dishes, and then vote for winners in a few categories – best dish, best
presentation, most creative, etc.
Organize a cooking class or a canning
workshop where everyone learns a new skill. Pass out recipes, and have everyone
cook and eat together. Or organize a trip to the farmer’s market, where
everyone learns tips for shopping on a budget.
Cook a $5 meal with your friends and
family. Especially kids: one of the best ways to get children to try a new food
is to get them involved in cooking it in the kitchen. Make sure to register
your $5 Meal online, so it can be part of the day’s story.
PLANNING YOUR $5 MEAL
Bring new people together
the merrier – coming together around the table is one of the best ways to meet
new people, and we need everyone at
the table to address the challenges to affording healthy food. Ask attendees to
bring a friend, and – if you have enough space – reach out to people and
organizations who can spread the word to others.
Have your attendees introduce themselves:
their names, what they brought (if it’s a potluck or cooking contest) and why
they came. If it’s a big event, break people up into small groups for the
introductions. Starting the meal this way helps break the ice – it gives
everyone a chance to speak, and it creates openings for conversations.
Explain the purpose of your $5 Meal
At the beginning of your meal, take a
moment to explain why everyone’s there – to have fun, to eat together, to learn
from each other, and to send a message to our nation’s leaders. Explain the
broader purpose of the day – to move towards a world where everyone can eat
fresh, healthy food every day – and what that means to you.
Share your experience with others
photos at your event, and post them to Flickr with the tag 5dollar. You can also email photos to email@example.com. Some tips: take a group photo with
everyone together, and then take photos of individuals with the food they
brought (if it’s a potluck/cooking contest) or with the dish they liked the
best. On Twitter, use the #5challenge hashtag to share updates about your event.
Keep it going
If your event goes well, keep it going!
Here are some ideas:
meeting for potlucks, or community meals. Rotate hosts or head chefs, and ask
people to bring a new friend each time.
a book group, a cooking group, or a farmer’s market shopping group.
people back together for Food Day on October 24.
- Ask your
guests what they’d like to do!
And if you’re part of a Slow Food chapter,
tell people how they can get involved in your chapter and the work you’re doing
in your community.
>> For more ideas and advice,
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