Who We Are: Local Matters builds healthy communities through food education, access, and advocacy. Local Matters was founded in 2008 in response to the fact that it is difficult for communities in need to have access to healthful, affordable foods and the realization that many people lack the skills necessary to feed their families on a budget. In 2018, we reached 22,000 people with life-changing food education and access programs. Our programming builds skills and knowledge around healthy, affordable food so that everyone has the resources they need to eat well and feed their families.
What We Do: At Local Matters, we believe everyone should have the knowledge, skills, and resources to eat well and live a healthy life, and we work toward this goal every day. We support health and wellness in everyone from preschoolers to seniors. Our programming creates a foundation for people to take more control of their own health and wellness. Last year, we reached over 22,000 children and adults by partnering with over 80 organizations, including schools, healthcare systems, businesses, and other non-profits.
Why We're Important: Our communities face a preventable health crisis. Far too many people face food insecurity, and far too many people are sick and dying from diet-related disease. In 2017, 1 in 8 individuals in America lived in households facing food insecurity. Heart disease (which is directly linked to diet) is the leading cause of death for males and females in the U.S. Further, there is a strong correlation between food insecurity and negative health outcomes. Adults in households with low food security are more likely to have a chronic illness, compounding the negative effects of both challenges.
How We Impact the Community: Local Matters meets people where they are by partnering with community organizations, schools, hospitals, food pantries, and businesses to offer a range of nutrition education and fresh food access programs. Through our programs, participants increase their skills and confidence to cook healthy meals for their families, improve their eating habits, and decrease their likelihood of experiencing food insecurity. This summer, we launched Veggie Van. Veggie Van is an innovative mobile market that offers free cooking demonstrations and sells fresh produce and pantry staples at affordable prices in neighborhoods with limited access to fresh foods.
How You Can Help: You can help Local Matters work toward a future free of food insecurity and food-related chronic disease by making a tax-deductible contribution today at www.local-matters.org/donate
We also rely on our dedicated volunteers to help bring our work to thousands of children and adults each year. Share your skills with us by signing up to volunteer at www.local-matters.org/volunteer
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