Food Access

Veggie Van Food Table

Expanding Access to Fresh and Affordable Food

Consistent access to affordable and nutritious food is key to one’s growth, development, and overall health. But food is inaccessible for many members of our community due to barriers like cost, lack of transportation, inadequate grocery store locations, historically racist structures, and much more.

Food Access Services

Local Matters Veggie Van Delivery

Veggie Van

The Veggie Van connects community members with fresh produce, pantry staples, and nutritious meal kits at an affordable price through mobile markets and delivery services. Click here to learn more about the Veggie Van.

Fresh Fruits and Veggies Shopping

Fresh Connect

In 2023, we launched the Fresh Connect pilot program with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, providing Linden families with $150 each month to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at selected retailers, including the Veggie Van. In the first six months of the program, Fresh Connect participants spent over $30,000 at local grocers to purchase fresh produce.

Local Matters Veggie Van

Free delivery

The Veggie Van offers free delivery services to eligible customers within I-270, making groceries more accessible for neighborhoods throughout the city.

Local Matters Veggie Van Shop

Benefits programs

The Veggie Van accepts an array of payment methods, including cash, credit/debit, SNAP/EBT, TANF, and more. As a partner of Produce Perks Midwest, Local Matters is able to elevate opportunities for community members to utilize cost-saving opportunities like the Produce Prescription Program (PRx), which connects patients with diet-related disease to providers that write prescriptions for free fruits and vegetables. As a distributor of TANF coupons, the Veggie Van was a top performing market for 2023 TANF use in Central Ohio.

Local Matters Meal Kit

Meal Kits

In an effort to support convenient and healthy eating, the Veggie Van offers monthly meal kits with all of the ingredients needed to create a meal for four people. Past kits have included black-eyed pea and collard tacos, vegetable stir fry, and much more. Click here to shop the Veggie Van’s monthly meal kit.

Fresh Fruits and Veggies Shopping

Columbus Food Rescue

Columbus Food Rescue is a program of Local Matters that fights food waste and food inequity by rescuing excess foods and re-distributing it to shelters, agencies, and other community groups. Click here to learn more.

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