FamilyFarmed founder and CEO Jim Slama’s birthday is Nov. 16, and we were preparing to ask our supporters to make a donation to our Good Food non-profit in honor of Jim’s big day. But when FamilyFarmed Communications Manager Bob Benenson — whose birthday is Nov. 14 — got wind of it, he graciously responded, “What about me?!”
Now two things that FamilyFarmed and Scorpios have in common is that they are 1) passionate and 2) highly competitive. So Bob threw down the gauntlet and challenged Jim to the first-ever FamilyFarmed Birthday Fundraising Faceoff.
All proceeds from this title bout will go toward advancing FamilyFarmed’s mission of helping create a better food system — we work with food and farm entrepreneurs who are producing as locally as possible, using sustainable, humane and fair practices, to help expand markets for delicious and nutritious Good Food.
There are no losers. O.K., there might be a side wager involving a bottle of whiskey from Chicago’s Koval Distillery. And there might be a little trash talking going on.
“Nov. 14 is National Guacamole Day and National Pickle Appreciation Day,” said Bob. “Nov. 16 is National Fast Food Day. So you tell me whose birthday is rocking Good Food.
Jim noted that Bob is fairly new to Good Food advocacy in Chicago, having moved here six years ago after a long career as a political journalist in Washington. “I was building the Good Food cluster in Chicago when Bob still needed a paper map to keep from getting lost,” Jim said. “I’m happy to have had the opportunity to teach him everything he knows about Good Food.”
The truth is that this is just a fun idea we concocted to kick off our year-end fundraising campaign, which will continue with Giving Tuesday on November 28. Your contributions are welcome and will fund our vision of Good Food on Every Table.
Make your favorite known, make a contribution before these champs throw in the towel until next year! (Remember to choose your favorite on the last screen of the donation screen prompts)
FamilyFarmed is a non-profit organization committed to expanding the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic, and environmental health of our communities.
We seek to…
…build public and private partnerships that support the growth of regional food systems that benefit farmers, consumers, and businesses.
…increase local and organic food sales in the region to create new jobs, sustainable economic development, and rural revitalization.
…preserve our farmland through the development of high value markets that give regional producers a fair price for their crops and encourage them to stay on their land.
…advocate for access to healthy and affordable food for all people and communities.
…encourage transparency in the food production and distribution process.
…respect and understand differences between urban and rural cultures and begin to bridge this divide through dialogue and economic opportunity.
…build solid relationships between stakeholders including staff, consultants,...