Cooking Matters™ is a groundbreaking nutrition-education program that connects individuals and families with food by teaching them how to prepare healthy, delicious meals on a limited budget. Cooking Matters helps families maximize the benefits they receive through federal nutrition programs like SNAP (formerly food stamps) and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children).
Professional chefs and nutritionists volunteer their time and expertise to lead interactive 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
With three specialized nutrition curricula, Cooking Matters takes a cooking-centered approach to nutrition and household budgeting. 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 incentives at each class session so that they can practice what they learned at home.
Cooking Matters for Adults
Class participants learn chef’s secrets, healthy cooking on a budget, and smart shopping ideas. This class is offered virtually or in person.
Cooking Matters for Teens
Teens ages 13-18 learn how to prepare healthy recipes and make smart choices in school, shopping, or eating out. This class is currently offered in a virtual only format.
Cooking Matters for Kids
Children ages 8-12 learn how to prepare healthy recipes independently and make smart choices. This class is currently offered in a virtual only format.
Cooking Matters at the Store
Cooking Matters at the Store tours provide adults with informative education for their next grocery trip, giving them skills to compare foods for cost and nutrition. Participants learn how to plan and budget for healthy, affordable, and delicious meals for their families. Tour is available in English, Arabic, and Spanish. A version of the tour is also available for WIC participants. The Cooking Matters at the Store Tour is brought right to your location or can be hosted virtually.
Cooking Matters One Time Events
One time classes provide participants with education about how to prepare healthy meals on a limited budget. These topic driven sessions (list of topics below) are intended for parents, caregivers, and seniors to address specific needs that our community face in their daily lives. These events can be hosted virtually or in person. Participants will receive incentives at each class session so they can practice what they learned at home.
Host a Class, Tour, or Workshop
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 six-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 six-week class?
- Have a translator available for additional language needs?
If you answered yes to the above questions, you are qualified to host Cooking Matters!
Volunteer with Cooking Matters
Volunteers with culinary and nutrition expertise are needed to act as class instructors. We also look for volunteers to help us manage classes (no cooking skills needed, just a passion for people and healthy eating!). Volunteers must be at least 18+.
Volunteers attend a 3 hour training and observe a current class session. Each volunteer commits to a one-time course or 6 week series, using provided Cooking Matters curriculum. Classes are held mornings, afternoons and evenings at the same time each week and are 1-2 hours per session. We schedule virtual and in-person classes off site at community locations in our five county service area.
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The Cooking Matters Detroit website provides a program overview and information about curricula, volunteering opportunities, hosting a class, recipes, and more!
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