Our Work

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Local Matters’ mission is to create healthier communities through food access, education, and advocacy.

Through community-focused partnerships and outreach efforts, we foster meaningful connections between people and food.

Since our founding in 2008, we’ve reached over 160,000 people with our services.

At Local Matters, we believe food is a human right.

Food brings people together, and we all play a role in creating a more equitable food system.

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Our 2023 Impact

16,672 people reached
50+ classes offered
1,400+ meal kit / Veggie Van deliveries
42% increase in student knowledge of food groups, portion sizes, My Plate recommendations
35% increase in comprehension of nutritional differences between whole vs processed foods
1,131,000 pounds of food surplus rescued by Columbus Food Rescue
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Why it matters

Franklin County has a 11.3% food insecurity rate.
Ohio ranks 44th out of 50 states for health value metrics
49% of food insecure Franklin County residents are not eligible for SNAP/EBT
Students require 40 - 50 hours of annual nutrition education to affect behavior change. On average, students receive less than 8 hours per year.
Five pounds of food are landfilled each week by each Franklin County resident

How you can help

Interested in supporting a more equitable food system? Check out these ways you can be more involved with Local Matters and our work.

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