Who We Are: Local Matters was founded ten years ago because we saw food insecurity, obesity and diet-related disease all across our community and in our own lives. These issues continue to demand our attention today. Our team shares a belief that all people have a right to access healthy, affordable food, and we envision a community free of diet-related disease and food insecurity. Local Matters exists to address these issues, help people improve their health, and be a supportive community driven by dignity, celebration, and equity.
What We Do: At Local Matters, we believe that everyone should have the knowledge, skills, and resources to eat well and live a healthy life – we work toward this goal every day. We provide education and skills to everyone from pre-schoolers to seniors. Our programming creates a foundation for people to take more control of their own health and wellness. Last year, we reached over 18,000 children and adults by partnering with over 70 organizations from a variety of different sectors, including education, healthcare, business, and non-profits.
Why We're Important: Diabetes rates have quadrupled since 1980. Obesity and diet-related chronic diseases – heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and diabetes – are the second leading cause of preventable deaths in our nation and cost the U.S. economy over $1 trillion each year. Nutrition education, like programming offered by Local Matters, is a critical component to reduce these costs, help people prevent diet-related diseases, and improve food security. Research has shown that every $1 government agencies spend on nutrition education can save the public $10 in health care costs. This is why our mission is to create healthy communities through food education, access and advocacy.
How We Impact the Community: Our approach works and we are committed to transparency in our outcomes measurement. After participating in our programs, children and adults increase their skills and confidence to cook, improve their diets, and decrease their experience of food insecurity. Local Matters meets people where they are by partnering with community organizations, schools, hospitals, food pantries and businesses. We reach kids, parents, teachers, caregivers and institutions through a multi-layered, multi-faceted approach. For example, we recently launched a culinary medicine program to train doctors, medical students, and other healthcare providers on how to help patients manage and prevent disease through healthy food.
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 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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Executive Director: Michelle Moskowitz Brown
Development Director: Adam Fazio
Board Chair: John Kirsner