Cooking Matters helps families to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget, as part of Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan partners with the national nonprofit Share Our Strength to offer Cooking Matters® in Michigan. Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters® empowers low-income families with the skills to stretch their food budgets so their children get healthy meals at home, as part of the No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals. Cooking Matters helps families maximize the benefits they receive through federal nutrition programs like SNAP (food stamps) and WIC (Women, Infants and Children).
Cooking Matters serves families across the country through:
- Hands-On, Six-Week Courses
Community partners that serve low-income families offer six-week Cooking Matters courses to adults, kids and families. Each course is team-taught by a volunteer chef and nutrition educator and covers meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting and nutrition. Adult and teen participants take home a bag of groceries at the end of each class.
- Interactive Grocery Store Tours
Cooking Matters at the Store tours provide families with hands-on education as they shop for food, 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.
- Mobile, Online and Educational Tools
Recipes, videos, toolkits and fun kids’ handouts are available at CookingMatters.org and in the smartphone app, Cooking Matters.
Founded in 1993, Cooking Matters has been featured by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move! campaign and recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for excellence in nutrition education. Cooking Matters is nationally sponsored by Walmart. For more information, visit CookingMatters.org.