Mission

To create healthy communities through food education, access, and advocacy.

Vision Statement for 2020

By 2020, we will have created systemic, food-related change across diverse populations and community settings.

Long Term Vision

Equitable access to a sustainable food system and a world free of food-related chronic disease.

Values

Collaborative Leadership

Taking a leadership role to share responsibility and resources in an intentional and strategic way.

We develop cross-sector collaborations to impact systemic food and health issues.

Diversity and Inclusion

Recognizing that diversity and inclusion strengthen our work and support our growth.

We welcome and engage different voices, perspectives, and backgrounds to achieve our mission.

Celebration

Uplifting the joy that food brings to our lives when we gather to eat together.

We celebrate the joy and connections that food fosters in our community.

Advocacy

Supporting the human right to healthful, culturally appropriate food produced in a just and sustainable manner.

We support community-specific food solutions and advocate for policies and programs that will advance mission-related education, access, and production.

Education

Providing a foundation of knowledge for people to make thoughtful decisions about their food.

We teach children and adults about healthful food: how to grow it, how to cook it, and how to access it affordably. 

Inspiration

Inspiring each of us to consider why our food choices matter and how food connects us.

We inspire people to take action to change our current food system. 

Where We Stand: Policy Priorities

Nutrition Education

Local Matters advocates that comprehensive nutrition education is fundamental to decreasing the rate of chronic diet-related disease in the next generation. Therefore, we affirm that nutrition education should be included in health education curriculum across Ohio and be made available all in grades K-12.

Healthy Food Access

Local Matters recognizes that too often, one of the first barriers to eating healthy is access to healthy foods. We advocate for systemic change that creates the opportunity for everyone to access healthy, affordable food.

Food-Related Social Safety Nets

Local Matters looks to the government – local, state, and federal – to do their part in ensuring that social safety nets, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), exist for and are accessible to those who need help. We work with our representatives to be a voice for food justice, for our neighbors struggling to make ends meet, and for a sustainable food system.

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable agriculture is the backbone for a healthy, robust food system. We advocate for a food system that protects consumers, producers, farmers, food, and environment. Each participant in the system has the potential to affect our health, livelihood, and future.