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Our Mission


Local Matters is a not-for-profit based in Central Ohio whose mission is to transform the food system to be more secure, prosperous, just and delicious!

We do this by teaching kids and families about healthy Ohio-grown foods, by increasing access to wholesome, delicious food and by advocating for fair food policies.


Our Principles


Secure — A secure food system is less vulnerable to fluctuations in the price of commodities or the whims of policy makers. It means that more people are involved in food production, have greater access to healthy food and have a greater connection to their food. Its resilience allows our region to survive a catastrophic event and to recover more quickly when challenged by these events.

Prosperous — A prosperous food system ensures fair prices to producers and consumers by accounting for the true cost of building healthy soil and providing nutritious food. It focuses on keeping wealth within the community by supporting local vendors.

Just — A just food system allows all people equal access to healthy, affordable, fresh food. It means that people have the necessary information and agency to keep their food system working on behalf of the whole community.

Delicious — A delicious food system allows for joy and community to be built around the table. It means that foods are enjoyed at the peak of their flavor and it celebrates abundance with an appreciation for variety and heritage.


Our Values


Advocacy, Prosperity, Innovation, Collaboration and Celebration are our core values. These values are the touchstones that inform all our decisions, our interactions and the creation of our community programs. 





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Local Matters โ€ข 731 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43205 โ€ข (614) 263-5662

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Upcoming Events

March 19th, 6pm
Central Ohio Food Forum
March 24th, 9am
Fruits & Berries Workshop
April 18th, 12pm
Edible Columbus' "Welcome Spring" Cooking Class

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