What We Do
A variety of different class curricula and events.
Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters® is a groundbreaking nutrition-education program that connects families with food by teaching them how to prepare nutritious and delicious 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 eradicating food insecurity for good.
With seven 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 for Adults participants receive groceries at each class session so that they can practice what they learn at home.
Cooking Matters for Adults, also offered Para Adultos in Spanish, teaches low-income adults about healthy meal preparation and sensible shopping on a limited budget.
Cooking Matters for Adults EXTRA for Wellness, 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.
Cooking Matters for Adults EXTRA for Diabetes, an addenda to Cooking Matters for Adults, offers specialized information for adults living with diabetes.
Cooking Matters for Parents, also offered Para Padres in Spanish, teaches low-income parents with young children how to prepare and shop sensibly for healthy meals on a limited budget.
Cooking Matters for Kids teaches children ages 8 to 12 about healthy eating and provides simple recipes children can prepare themselves.
Cooking Matters for Teens teaches teenagers how to make healthy food choices and prepare healthy meals and snacks.
Cooking Matters for Families, also offered in Spanish, brings school-age children and their families together to learn about healthy eating and the importance of family mealtime.
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 and is available in English and Spanish.
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), and is available in English and Spanish.
For questions about Cooking Matters Michigan, including volunteering, hosting a class, and donations, follow the links at the top of the page or call us at (313) 923-3535 ext. 202