First Lady Karen Kasich made a significant contribution toward battling childhood obesity in Central Ohio today. A donation of $95,000 of Kasich’s leftover inaugural funds was made to local non-profit Local Matters to provide funding for their Food Matters Program, which teaches young children about nutrition, cooking and gardening. The program already works with over 1000 children and their teachers and parents in three dozen classrooms every week.
“The Food Matters program presents something very unique: a fun, engaging opportunity for children to learn more about fruits and vegetables in the classroom,” said First Lady Karen Kasich in a press release issued today. “This program inspires children and families to develop a healthy relationship with food, and the benefits of that are limitless. It’s my hope more children across the state will have the opportunity to experience—and taste—Ohio’s rich agricultural heritage.”
This contribution will expand the Food Matters program throughout the region this fall, and has the potential to reach an additional 500 grade school students per week.
“First Lady Kasich’s support allows us to take this program further than we’d ever imagined in our three years of teaching it in greater Columbus,” said Local Matters Executive Director Michael Jones. “Teaching children and their parents and teachers about healthy food from a very early age gives them a chance to break the cycle of chronic illness that is plaguing our community while also strengthening our local food economies and supporting Ohio farmers.”
More info about Local Matters can be found at www.Local-Matters.org.
Edited to clarify source of the donation funds.