Cooking Matters™

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.




Cooking Matters is always looking for volunteers with culinary and nutrition expertise to act as Cooking Matters class instructors. We also look for volunteers to help us manage CM classes (no cooking skills needed, just a passion for people and healthy eating!).

Prior to working with our program, volunteers attend a 3 hour training and observe a current class session. Each volunteer commits to a 6 week course series, using provided Cooking Matters curriculum. Classes are held mornings, afternoons and evenings at the same time each week and are two hours per session. We schedule classes off site at community locations in our five county service area. 

For more info, please visit our Cooking Matters Detroit website

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.

If you are interested in becoming a host site for Cooking Matters, please fill out an application here and review our Host Site FAQ.

What Is Cooking Matters?

Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ teaches low-income individuals and families how to shop for and prepare healthy 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.

With six specialized nutrition curricula, Cooking Matters takes a cooking-centered approach to nutrition and household budgeting. Each class includes hands-on meal preparation led by a chef who teaches 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 or contact the Cooking Matters Program Manager at 313-923-3535 ext. 256


What Cooking Matters Curricula Is Currently Available?

Cooking Matters makes six curricula available to its local partners, including:  

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 


What Is Cooking Matters at the Store?

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. To learn more, click here.

Cooking Matters at the Store for Adults
Is 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.

During both Cooking Matters at the Store 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. 

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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