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Cooking Matters™ is a groundbreaking nutrition-education program that connects families with food by teaching them how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget.
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Cooking Matters is always looking for chefs and nutritionists to volunteer 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!). For more info, please contact the Cooking Matters™ coordinator at 313-923-3535 ext 202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in how your organization can host a class, please fill out an application here.
Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ teaches people 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 and teen 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 www.cookingmatters.org/.
Cooking Matters makes seven curricula available to its local partners, including:
Offered in English and Spanish, teaches low-income adults about healthy meal preparation and sensible shopping on a limited budget.
An addenda to Cooking Matters for Adults, teaches people living with HIV and AIDS and their caretakers about healthy meal preparation and sensible shopping using recipes and information specific to their special nutritional needs.
An addenda to Cooking Matters for Adults, offers specialized information for adults living with diabetes.
Teaches children ages 8 to 12 about healthy eating and provides simple recipes children can prepare themselves.
Teaches teenagers how to make healthy food choices and prepare healthy meals and snacks
Brings school-age children and their families together to learn about healthy eating and the importance of family mealtime.
Cooking Matters® at the Store (formerly Shopping Matters) is an interactive grocery store tour that teaches low-income families to shop for healthy, affordable food as 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. Cooking Matters at the Store is generously supported by Walmart and was made possible with support from the ConAgra Foods Foundation, both national sponsors of Cooking Matters. 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.
The Michigan Chefs de Cuisine (MCCA), through the American Culinary Federation Chef & Child Foundation, provides certified and professional chef volunteers to help Gleaners Community Food Bank with educational outreach in southeast Michigan. Gleaners' partnership with the MCCA and the ACF Chef & Child Foundation will help reach families with food insecurity needs through Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry, Cooking Matters, and Cooking Matters at the Store initiatives.
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