Partnerships for sustainable change
Inconsistent access to healthful, affordable foods alongside lack of education plagues many communities. Local Matters works in partnership with more than 50 community organizations each year to serve those most in need, to empower healthier lifestyle choices, and to advocate on the behalf of everyone’s right to access healthful food. Some of the diverse populations we work with include those battling addiction, mental health issues, autism, hearing loss, diabetes, developmental disabilities, and hunger.
Over the past few years, based on tremendous demand, Local Matters has developed a train-the-trainer model to create satellite partnerships in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia and throughout the City of Columbus. These partnerships enable our crucial hands-on programming to be integrated with existing social service programs for those that need them most.
Local Matters is fortunate for its enduring support from the community and from our volunteers. In 2015, 194 volunteers donated 4,700 hours to support our programs - Food Matters, Growing Matters, and Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters™ - ensuring that we continue to fight food insecurity and combat chronic disease.
In addition to these core programs, Local Matters has a long history of community planning related to food resources and ensuring equitable access to healthful foods. In 2014, Local Matters became the lead non-profit with the Columbus Department of Health and Franklin County Department of Development in the creation of the Columbus-Franklin County Local Food Action Plan.
If you are interested in bringing Local Matters' programming to your organization to impact children, youth, adults or seniors, please click the button below and complete the form.