Slow Food Network
The sense of community, mutual help, attention to the most vulnerable groups or to those who are working for the good of society as a whole, starting with hospital workers, are the feelings emerging most in these weeks of health, economic and social crisis.
As Italy was the first country to be hit by COVID-19 in Europe, local Slow Food groups were the first to find ways to support their communities, local farmers, artisans and producers. Out of tens if not hundreds of examples of Slow Food resilience and solidarity in Italy, we have chosen a few of the most inspiring and uplifting ones.
It’s been over two weeks since the World Health Organization officially characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic, and a little over a month since the first registered contagion in the Netherlands. The full impact of the pandemic is anyone’s guess at this point. But in the past weeks, we’ve seen that many people and businesses in the Dutch Slow Food network already have taken a hard hit.
With ever more people unable to do their everyday groceries, increasing signs of solidarity and resistance emerge from throughout the Slow Food network across the Balkans and Turkey.
Now, more than ever, the direct supply chains remain of the vital importance to safeguard people’s access to food. However, many farmers’ markets that Slow Food initiated across the region – including several Earth Markets – have either been shut down or are operating under limited capacities. Slow Food farmers and producers, though, have found a way to provide fresh food products for their communities. Across the Balkans and Anatolia, our small-scale artisan farmers keep delivering food door to door.
The current outbreak of the coronavirus #COVID19 has disrupted the lives of almost every country in the world. With Europe currently being an epicenter of the pandemic, many countries are under lockdown, with people confined to their homes, schools, and workplaces closed, and only essential businesses still operating.
As Slow Food, we want to send out a message of solidarity to all those hard hit by this crisis, who are countless, also within our movement. Think, for instance, of the restaurants that had to close for weeks. We also want to send out a message of hope: in Italy, where our mothership is based, kids have been hanging at their windows big drawings saying “Tutto andrà bene” – everything will be fine.