(Columbus, OH - November 30, 2017) Columbus-based nonprofit Local Matters and NNEMAP Food Pantry welcomed Joe Gilligan, Central Ohio Regional Director with the office of US Senator Sherrod Brown, to a Cooking Matters class on November 30.
Cooking Matters is a nationally-recognized program developed by Share Our Strength that leads participants in learning about budget and health conscious cooking as a tool for increased food security and overall health. In a statement about Local Matters’ work with partners like NNEMAP, Senator Sherrod Brown shared: “All Ohioans deserve access to healthy, affordable foods. I’m proud to support efforts to give central Ohio families the tools they need to prepare nutritious meals.”
Senator Sherrod Brown is an active proponent of food education and access, aligning with Local Matters’ mission. This October, Senator Brown introduced the Local FARMS Act to the US Senate, where it currently awaits review. The bill advocates for local farmers, local economy, and an overall increase in access to healthy, local foods.
Reflecting on Local Matters programming, Sean Becker, Assistant Director with NNEMAP Food Pantry expressed: “Our partnership with Local Matters allows us to engage in a deeper way with our clients. … We can help people learn how to use different foods, learn how to prepare more nutritious foods … As a partnership, [working with Local Matters] works well for our staff, our volunteers, and our clients.” In addition to NNEMAP, Local Matters leads Cooking Matters programs in conjunction with partners such as Franklin Station, OhioHealth, Mount Carmel Healthy Living Center, and Columbus Public Health.
Local Matters’ mission is to create healthy communities through food education, access, and advocacy. Founded in 2008, Local matters works toward equitable access to a sustainable food system and a world free of food-related chronic disease. For up-to-date news and information on food education and Local Matters’ programming, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
For Immediate Release
September 17, 2015
Local Matters on the Move: Set to Relocate Central Ohio Headquarters
New south side facility will allow for expanded programming and services
Columbus, OH – Local Matters, a community leader and collaborator committed to increasing access to and education about healthful foods, today announced plans to relocate its headquarters to the south side of Columbus. The new location will provide increased capacity for the organization to double the number of people served, reaching 22,000 through programming by the end of 2018. The location will positively impact residents in Columbus, particularly on the south side, through free and sliding scale hands-on cooking and nutrition education classes, which do not currently exist in the area.
The new facility, located at the Village Pointe space on Parsons Avenue, will house both Local Matters’ office space as well as a culinary classroom for on-site classes, trainings and events. The relocation will enable the addition or expansion of valuable programs and services, including: weekly cooking and nutrition education classes to low-resourced individuals; expansion of a culinary medicine curriculum in partnership with local medical institutions to close the gap on nutrition and culinary medicine; and educational training to expand programs to communities outside Central Ohio. These activities align naturally with the existing food education programming at Local Matters and its current plans for growth.
“I cannot imagine a more significant opportunity for our organization. By moving to this space, we will dramatically increase the accessibility of our programs and be able to expand our services in a neighborhood where we have strong, existing partnerships,” said Michelle Moskowitz Brown, Executive Director, Local Matters. “It’s a critical step in supporting people with the skills and resources necessary to eat well and feed their families.”
The relocation decision comes as a result of rapid growth for the organization. Since 2010, Local Matters has more than quadrupled the number of individuals it serves. The new facility is made possible in part by a supportive developer, generous donations and grants from local supporters and community partners with similar wellness-centric visions and goals.
“We are pleased to support Local Matters because their community work and impact aligns with our mission to improve the health and well-being of consumers faced with life challenges,” said Cathy Ponitz, Executive Director, CareSource Foundation, and lead contributor to the new facility. “CareSource cultivates partnerships that enhance and improve the health care and life services for consumers, and Local Matters is a leader in providing the tools consumers need to develop a healthy lifestyle.”
Local Matters expects to move into the space, located at 633 Parsons Avenue, 43206, by the end of 2015, with programs beginning in the spring of 2016.
About Local Matters
Founded in 2008, this year Local Matters will impact over 11,000 children, adults and families, teaching them what healthy food is, where it comes from, how to grow it, and how to access it affordably.