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Food for Thought: Eating in Columbus on $4.50 a day

  • Local Matters 633 Parsons Avenue Columbus, OH, 43206 United States (map)

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For the last 18 months, our Food for Thought guest, Carol Smathers, has adhered to a household food budget of $1.50/meal/person - groceries for one week (2 people, 21 meals each) for a total under $63.

Carol will share how she navigated the complexities of balancing a restricted food budget with healthy eating. As a group, we will then discuss some of the additional daily pressures and problems that arise for anyone living within a tight budget.

More about Carol Smathers:
Carol Smathers has worked on nutrition-related public health activities since she was a teenager. She spent a year in high school living with a family in Kenya, where she experienced living on a delicious, but limited range of available foods. While still in high school, she volunteered with the organization establishing Wisconsin’s statewide food bank network. Carol later worked for a regional food bank and then taught health education at a school for teen mothers in Oregon. Since moving to Columbus, her work has included teaching nutrition at a workforce development program for at-risk youth and coordinating a survey of parents of preschoolers in the Southside of Columbus. This community-based participatory research survey looked at what makes it easy and what makes it difficult to maintain a healthy weight in young children. Since 2013, she has served as a Field Specialist for Ohio State University Extension. In this role, she teaches and conducts research about implementing community-level changes to provide healthier options and to encourage healthier eating. She currently co-chairs the Growing Healthy Kids Columbus coalition and directs the Ohio Farm to School Program.


This event is free and open to the public. We kindly ask that all guests register for the event as our seating capacity is limited. 

"Food for Thought" is hosted at Local Matters (633 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH  43206). Doors open at 5:30pm, and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please email info@local-matters.org or call 614-263-5662.