Cooking Matters At The Store
Families on a tight budget report that the cost of healthy groceries is their biggest barrier to making healthy meals at home. Food skills, like smart shopping, can help overcome that barrier. Cooking Matters at the Store is a free program of the No Kid Hungry campaign that empowers families to stretch their food budgets so their children get healthy meals at home.
- Cooking Matters at the Store for Adults is a 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 specifically on parents using the Special Supplement Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
During the 1.5 hour-tour, participants are empowered with four key food skills:
- Reading food labels
- Comparing unit prices
- Finding whole grain foods
- Identifying three ways to purchase produce
Cooking Matters at the Store often ends in the $10 Challenge, an activity where participants use the skills they've just learned to buy a healthy meal for a family of four, for under $10.
Participants take home a booklet with recipes and shopping tips, a reusable grocery bag, and $10 worth of healthy groceries.
Use our Grocery List to plan your next trip to the store, complete with tips to save money and eat healthy!