Ending Up Helping :: January 3rd :: Local Matters

When it comes time for grocery shopping, I honestly don’t think much about where my food comes from, how it’s grown, or really even how to cook it. Give me a recipe for dessert, and I’m golden…but the main course on the other hand…better leave that up to one of my other skilled chef friends! Sure, I try to buy local if it’s an option, I’ve considered “Hmm…hope there aren’t any harmful pesticides on these apples!” and I’ve even cooked a few successful, edible meals for those brave enough to try my cooking. But that’s about where my food knowledge ends.

Until now.

Local Matters

Local Matters is an organization focused on providing us Columbus folks access to locally grown, affordable and healthy food. They also educate people on how to grow their own fruits and vegetables and how to prepare them for delicious meals. As a teenager, I was fortunate enough to not have to watch what I ate or even think about what was going into my body (Oh how I miss my high metabolism paired with 2 hours of hardcore rowing each day!). And that is why Local Matters also helps educate young people about what is going into their bellies – so that when they are older they will have they knowledge to be healthy adults. The organization also works with the head honchos to make sure that our city has policies that allow support for a sustainable food system.

Local Matters’ Vision:

As a community collaborator, Local Matters is transforming the food system through education and increased access to healthful, affordable and sustainable food; while inspiring individuals to consider the role of food in their lives.

Food Matters is a branch of Local Matters that aims to educate children on “an understanding of what healthful food is, where it comes from, how it grows, and how to prepare it.” Kids of all ages are able to leave the course with a knowledge of food, how food is connected to being healthy, and “a language to talk about food.”

Cooking Matters targets the end of child hunger and obesity by educating adults and families on how to purchase and prepare healthy meals at home. By teaming up with the national nonprofit Share Our Strength, volunteer culinary and nutrition experts local community organizations, everyone is able to work together to ensure that children and families are healthy and strong.

Growing Matters educates communities on how to create and maintain successful food-production gardens. “By building strong relationships and providing mutual support, individuals and communities are able to provide their own food supply, and to preserve and prepare delicious meals.”

Because Local Matters has so many branches of their organization, your opportunities to volunteer are endless! Each of the sections listed above has its own team of volunteers, so if you’re good with kids, an artist in the kitchen, or possess two green thumbs, perhaps one of those teams is the right place for you! Other opportunities include things like photographing events and just being a spare set of hands! Check out all the opportunities and sign up HERE!

If your free time is limited and donating money is more appropriate for you, here’s where your money goes:

$25 feeds one Food Matters class fresh & healthy snacks.

$50 provides six weeks of take-home groceries for one low-income family participating in Cooking Matters.

$100 puts one child through 8 weeks of our Food Matters summer camp.

$250 helps one family start growing fresh fruits and vegetables in their yard.

$500​ provides seeds and plants for a school garden.

If Local Matters speaks to you and you would like to donate financially, please do so HERE!

Being educated and aware of what goes into our bodies is imperative for healthy living. Local Matters seeks to provide that education! After my research of the organization, I think it’s safe to say that there might be a Barbie Dream Garden in the house’s future!

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All information was obtained from www.local-matters.org

Find Local Matters on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LocalMattersOrg

See? I baked this delicious pumpkin pie from scratch! From an actual pumpkin for Thanksgiving in Chicago with Tim!

See? I baked this delicious pumpkin pie from scratch! From an actual pumpkin for Thanksgiving in Chicago with Tim! Now if I could just learn to GROW the pumpkin…

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And please, DON’T FORGET!!! If there is a worthwhile cause on your radar, I would LOVE to hear about it! Perhaps it will make it onto this month’s Ending Up Helping series!

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