December 31, 1969

Support Local Matters while you shop using your Kroger Plus Card

It’s time to re-register or sign up for the Kroger Community Rewards to benefit Local Matters! This is an easy and FREE way to support our work!!
Please take a minute to read the information below and pass it on to all your family and friends who might support our efforts to transform the food system to be more secure, just, prosperous and delicious!!

Veggie Van Recipe: Warm Salad of Roasted Beets, Cabbage and Ohio Apples

Roasted Beet, Cabbage and Apple Salad


  • ½ yellow onion, diced small
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 3 Ohio apples, diced
  • 3 medium beets, roasted*, peeled, diced
  • ½ bunch Italian parsley, leaves only, chopped


Join Local Matters in Celebrating Food Day and Our Fourth Annual Harvest Ball

Our communities and our country are in great need of change. The U.S. spends $500 billion annually on treating chronic illnesses caused by what we eat. The typical American diet consists of overly processed and unhealthy foods that contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. And despite our abundant resources, people are hungry. The root of many of these issues just so happens to be the focus of the 2014 Food Day: namely, food access and food justice.

My Wife’s Almost Marinara, Marinara

Written by Jesse Hickman

The time we have all been waiting for has finally arrived... Ripe tomatoes! It often happens over the course of a week, even overnight, when all of a sudden you can’t even believe the abundant bounty of tomatoes that are falling off your tomato plants. This year I grew Low Acid Yellow Tomatoes, as well as the standard Red Heirloom Tomato; they have been incredible and so delicious all summer long!

Cooking Matters Shatters Records by Providing Solutions to Hunger

Carrie Harshbarger, Cooking Matters Course Coordinator here! Although summer marked the slowing down of our regular, six-week Cooking Matters courses, the Cooking Matters team found a few other ways to stay busy!

Peach-Blueberry Cobbler with Buttery Lemon Crust

A note from Chef Laura: This is a perfect make-ahead dessert for taking to a picnic. I brought this dessert to Local Matters' first ever volunteer potluck picnic on August 10, and it disappeared in a hurry! Everyone requested the recipe, so I'm sharing with all of you as a great picnic fare recipe--just in time for Labor Day parties!


Edible Flowers

Flowers are everywhere, so why not in your food? Food Matters and Wellness Matters have covered the different parts of the plant that fruits and vegetables come from. Flowers are not as commonly eaten as roots or fruits, but some are still part of the culinary repertoire. Flowers can add a touch of color and whimsy to your food.

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