Local Matters receives Victory Against Hunger Award
Monday, October 6, 2008
Celebrating outstanding efforts in fighting hunger through promoting or creating innovative farm to school programs, Local Matters, a nonprofit organization in Columbus, Ohio, which plays a key leadership role in ensuring that the entire community of Central Ohio has easy access to local, nutritious foods, was recently awarded a Victory Against Hunger Awards by the Congressional Hunger Center (CHC), Victory Wholesale Group, and National Farm to School Network.
“From California to Maine, we applaud the efforts and energy across the country of organizations like Local Matters who are working to increase nutrition in schools and provide children with lasting education in agriculture, health, and the environment. Each of the 25 nationally selected organizations, including Local Matters, has successfully worked to restore the connections among the cafeteria, classroom, and community,” said Marion Kalb, Co-Director of the National Farm to School Network.
“As witnessed by the quantity and quality of submissions, farm to school is moving to the center of the plate and demonstrates the ability we have as a society to provide a healthy meal for our children,” stated Ed Cooney, Executive Director of the Congressional Hunger Center.
“Local Matters is honored and humbled to receive this award and wishes to thank Senator Sherrod Brown’s office for nominating our organization,” says Local Matters Executive Director Michael Jones. “We look forward to continuing to promote healthy and nutritious foods for our school children through our continued support of the National Farm to School Network and by implementing our “Three Sisters Project, a part of our Local Food to School Program, in six local Columbus schools in January of 2009.”
The annual VAH Awards were established by David Kantor, President of Victory Wholesale Group, to recognize outstanding organizations in the United States that work to end hunger and improve nutrition and health at the local level. The National Farm to School Network is extremely honored to have the 2008 Victory Against Hunger (VAH) Award’s theme be Farm to School.