'Impactful fun’ - one volunteer’s story

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“In my family, food is EVERYTHING. It’s the binding tie – the one thing we all need and love.”

Mary Cowx is a PhD student in Accounting at The Ohio State University. When not busy with school, Mary has found that volunteering with Local Matters is the perfect combination of meaningful work and fun.


Most of Mary’s volunteering so far has been in Local Matters’ community kitchen classes. For her, these classes foster community and growth.

“[Since becoming a Local Matters volunteer], I’ve learned that people can sometimes find cooking intimidating and that simplifying the process and the ingredients is very helpful… Many people are [also] unsure how to make healthy food choices. I understand that uncertainty… People do the best they can with the money and the cooking skill-set they have. I love volunteering in the cooking classes at Local Matters because I feel that they teach tools and skills that attendees can take home and immediately implement into their everyday lives.”

“My favorite part of volunteering is when we all sit down to eat the meal together at the end of the class.” This feeling reflects Mary’s family values: “Food brings us all together around the table, and it doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive.”


Most of Mary’s volunteering so far has been in Local Matters’ community kitchen classes. For her, these classes foster community and growth.

“[Since becoming a Local Matters volunteer], I’ve learned that people can sometimes find cooking intimidating and that simplifying the process and the ingredients is very helpful… Many people are [also] unsure how to make healthy food choices. I understand that uncertainty… People do the best they can with the money and the cooking skill-set they have. I love volunteering in the cooking classes at Local Matters because I feel that they teach tools and skills that attendees can take home and immediately implement into their everyday lives.”


“My favorite part of volunteering is when we all sit down to eat the meal together at the end of the class.” This feeling reflects Mary’s family values: “Food brings us all together around the table, and it doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive.”