Cooking MattersTM

Cooking Matters™ is a groundbreaking nutrition-education program that connects low-income individuals and families with food by teaching them how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget.

Professional chefs and nutritionists volunteer their time and expertise to lead hands-on courses that show adults, teens and kids how to purchase and prepare nutritious foods in healthful, safe and tasty ways. This knowledge can mean the difference between feeding families just for one night, and making sure they never again have to worry about when their next meal will come.

Cooking Matters Courses



Courses Available

Cooking Matters for Adults
(Including two addenda for adults living with Diabetes or HIV/AIDS)
Cooking Matters for Parents
Cooking Matters for Kids
Cooking Matters for Teens
Cooking Matters for Families
Cooking Matters for
Childcare Professionals

With six specialized nutrition curricula, Cooking Matters takes a cooking-centered approach to nutrition and household budgeting. Each class includes hands-on meal preparation teaching participants that cooking healthy foods can be simple, enjoyable, delicious, and affordable.

The courses cover basic nutrition, food safety, and food budgeting so that participants are able to plan and prepare low-cost nutritious meals for themselves and their families.

In addition, Cooking Matters’ adult participants receive groceries at each class session so that they can practice what they learned at home.

For more information about Cooking Matters, please visit CookingMatters.org or contact the Cooking Matters Program Manager at 313-923-3535 ext. 256

Host a Class

Does your organization:

  • Serve families and/or individuals at risk of hunger who are able to cook at home or are working towards self-sufficiency?
  • Have space (or access to space) for 15 – 18 participants to take part in a 6-week cooking and nutrition course?
  • Have a staff person who is able to recruit participants and make weekly reminder phone calls for class?
  • Have a staff person who is able to be present at the 6-week class?

If you answered yes to the above questions, then you are qualified to host a Cooking Matters Class!

We will provide the materials, groceries, instructors and a class coordinator. You provide the meeting space and recruit the participants.

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Cooking Matters at the Store



Tours Available

Cooking Matters at the Store for Adults
A free, guided grocery store tour that teaches low-income adults how to get the most nutrition for their food dollars

Cooking Matters at the Store for WIC Parents
Offers a similar hands-on learning experience but focuses more specifically on foods available in the WIC food package.

Cooking Matters at the Store is a guided, interactive grocery store tour that teaches low-income individuals and families how to shop for healthy, affordable food. Cooking Matters at the Store is part of the No Kid Hungry campaign, working to connecting kids at risk of hunger in America with the healthy food they need every day.

During the tours, participants practice key food shopping skills like buying fruits and vegetables on a budget, comparing unit prices, reading food labels, and identifying whole grain foods.

In addition, Cooking Matters’ adult participants receive groceries at each class session so that they can practice what they learned at home.

Cooking Matters at the Store tours can take place in a neighborhood supermarket, grocery store, corner store or farmer’s market. A pop up workshop is also available to bring the store experience to a community site. To host a Cooking Matters at the Store tour, please complete and return a host site application.

If your organization is interested in learning more about being trained to deliver the Cooking Matters at the Store program, please complete this train the trainer inquiry form.

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