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Cooking Matters


Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters  is an interactive nutrition education program that teaches families how to get the most nutrition on a limited budget. These courses provide a long-term strategy to address hunger by ensuring that families can prepare nutritious meals that are  balanced, tasty, and economical.

How does it work?

Professional culinary and nutrition educators 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.  We coordinate courses at community agencies throughout the Triangle, providing all of the tools needed for classes including visuals, handouts, and cooking equipment and ingredients. Courses meet once a week for six consecutive weeks.

Cooking Matters classes:

  • Provide practical, hands-on cooking experience
  • Are tailored to adults, families, kids, and teens in 6-week  sessions
  • Are offered in English and Spanish
  • Mobilize local culinary and nutrition professionals to teach as volunteers

Cover topics such as:

  • USDA MyPlate guidelines
  • Healthy eating habits
  • Food shopping and budgeting
  • Menu planning
  • Kid and family-friendly recipes
  • Provide adult participants with take-home groceries to try recipes at home

Why does Cooking Matter?

IFFS July Hope CenterLearning how to cook and make nutritious choices can mean the difference between feeding families for just one night and making sure they have the knowledge, skills, and resources to prepare healthy meals for a lifetime.

After a course, adult and teen graduates report that:

  • 64% are eating more vegetables
  • 70% are eating more fruits
  • 52% are eating more whole grains
  • 83% improved their cooking skills
  • 97% would share things learned in this course with others

Learn more about the effectiveness of Cooking Matters classes here: 2014 Lead Partner Report.

Cooking Matters Volunteer Roles

We need nutrition and culinary instructors and classroom assistants! Fill out the quick form at the top of this page to join us.

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