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Volunteer Appreciation Event

May 6, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Please Join Us in Celebrating Our Cooking Matters Volunteers! 

Join us for a Volunteer Appreciation Brunch! 

Enjoy delicious food and wonderful company, at a Gleaners "Food Zoo" open house:
 
Saturday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

For those who would like, there will be an opportunity to work in the garden preparing the space for new growth. 

This is a family friendly event, so feel free to bring the whole crew!   

*Fun, indoor activities planned in the event of rain.


Contact Carolyn at csagi@gcfb.org, or 313-580-9822 with any questions, or to RSVP.


Urgent Volunteers Needed!


Please consider sharing your time with Cooking Matters in one of the following classes:

Cooking Matters for Teens 
May 2, 2017 - Jun. 6, 2017
Tuesdays
12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Southeastern High School
3030 Fairview St.
Detroit, MI  48214
Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Adultos
May 17, 2017 - Jun. 21, 2017
Wednesdays
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Centro Familiar Christiano UMC
1270 Waterman Street
Detroit, MI  48209
Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor

Cooking Matters for Adults
This is a class for Special Needs Adults
May 18, 2017 - Jun. 29, 2017
*Skip June 8*
Thursdays
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Creative Empowerment Opportunities
34820 Harper Ave.
Clinton Township, MI  48035
Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor

Cooking Matters for Adults
May 19, 2017 - Jun. 30, 2017
*Skip June 9*
Fridays
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Northwest Activities Center
18100 Meyers
Detroit, MI  48235
Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor

Cooking Matters for Adults
*French or Arabic speaking volunteers a plus*
Jun. 6, 2017 - Jul. 18, 2017
*Skip July 4*
Tuesdays
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Freedom House
Gleaners Community Food Bank
2131 Beaufait Street
Detroit, MI  48207
Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant

Contact Carolyn with questions, or to sign up for class:  313-923-3535 x 257, 313-580-9822, or csagi@gcfb.org


Substitutes Needed!


Even if you haven't got time for a whole class series, please check in with the Cooking Matters Michigan BLOG to view our "One-Time Volunteers Needed" page with substitute volunteer opportunities.


This list changes often!  If no one-time volunteer opportunities fit your schedule, check again soon! 

Contact Carolyn with questions, or to sign up for class:  313-923-3535 x 257, 313-580-9822, or csagi@gcfb.org


The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

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Picture from the National Association of Letter Carriers.


This year the National Association of Letter Carriers celebrates the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive's 25th Anniversary! This event is the largest one-day food drive in the United States, and provides millions of pounds of food a year to those suffering from food insecurity.


It's easy to participate! Simply place a bag of non perishables that you would like to donate on your doorstep before 9 am the day of May 13th, and your Mail Carrier will deliver these items to Gleaners Community Food Bank.


For more information on this event and how you can participate, visit the Gleaners Community Food Bank website.


Cooking Matters Michigan Website

CM Website 3The Cooking Matters Team at Gleaners Community Food Bank has been working hard on the new Cooking Matters Michigan website!  This website will be a resource for Cooking Matters Statewide.


Great new features include:
-A map of upcoming classes.
-Links to the list of classes that need each volunteer position. 
-Online class signup.

The Cooking Matters Michigan BLOG will continue to be updated for a few weeks as we transition fully to the new site.  Check it out, and let us know what you think!

Contact Carolyn with questions, comments, concerns, or to sign up for class:  313-923-3535 x 257, 313-580-9822, or csagi@gcfb.org


Cooking Matters In the News!

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Amy Andrews and Klair Urbin make Cucumber Sammies


This month, Amy Andrews of FOX 2 News joined Cooking Matters' own Klair Urbin during Double Your Donation Day.  Klair prepared Cucumber Sammies for FOX 2 viewers during a Cooking Matters feature.  


Those who have made Cucumber Sammies before know it is a fun snack that is easy for both adults and kids to prepare.  It is also a healthy and inexpensive way to encourage children to try new things and add more veggies to their plate.


Double Your Donation Day helps support programming like Cooking Matters, and all the great work of Gleaners Community Food Bank.  Thank you to FOX 2 News for coming by and cooking with us!


Participant Quote of the Month


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"The class made me more aware of my need to eat nutritiously and keep up with what is on food labels". 


-Cooking Matters for Adults Participant



Fueling up with the Lions!

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The Detroit Lions recently teamed up with local area schools to focus on nutrition and physical activity.  The program, Fuel up to Play 60, teaches students how to stay active and eat right to make the most out of their day.  Several schools within the Metro Detroit area are currently enrolled in the program, including Chrysler Elementary School, Henry Ford Academy, Stewart Elementary School, and Pierce Middle School.  


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Schools that are part of the program are paired up with their local NFL team, all 32 of which are involved, and together they participate in lessons focused on healthy living. Several of our Cooking Matters team members were involved this year, including Rebecca Blauw, Brittney Rooney, Selena Goss, and Mariela Cruz. 


Participating groups got to play together and learn about healthy eating. Our Cooking Matters team helped by demonstrating our Sugar Overload activity, and making the Banana Crunch recipe with the kids.


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The Fuel up to Play 60 lesson raises some questions from our participants.


For more information on Fuel up to play 60 and how you can get involved, click here.


Banana Crumble

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Ingredients

  • 4 large bananas
  • 2 cups mixed fresh berries
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 5 Tablespoons whole wheat flour, divided
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Pinch of salt
  • 4 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • ⅔ cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon honey

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.


2. Peel and slice bananas in half lengthwise.


3. Rinse berries and pat dry.


4. Spray baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place the banana halves flat side down in the baking dish.


5. Toss berries with 1 Tablespoon flour. Sprinkle berries over the bananas.


6. In a medium bowl, add 4 Tablespoons flour, oats, sugar, and spices. Stir to blend.


7. Cut cold butter into little pieces. Add to bowl. Using your fingers, quickly blend the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is crumbly.


8. Spread the crumbly mixture over the fruit in an even layer. Press down slightly.

9. Bake about 10–15 minutes, or until the crumble is firm and golden in color.


10. While crumble bakes, stir together yogurt and honey in a small bowl to create a lighter, healthier, and delicious topping.


11. When crumble is done, spoon 1 Tablespoon of the yogurt and honey topping over each serving.


Full recipe found here.



Volunteer Spotlight:  
Zachary Voelkert

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Zachary Voelkert


Tell us a little about yourself. 

Zac is a Senior in the Integrative Studies Program at Oakland University, and will be graduating this May.  Congratulations, Zac!


Zac is also a Personal Trainer who is interested in the part Nutrition plays in a healthy lifestyle.  He volunteers with the Cooking Matters Program as a Classroom Assistant.


What led you to the Cooking Matters Program? 

As part of the Capstone to his Integrative Studies program, Zac was asked to serve as a volunteer.  Ideally, he needed to find an opportunity that incorporated his interests and academic concentrations.  When he met with his advisor, Zac mentioned his concern that while food is an essential part of life, many people do not have access to excellent nutrition information that is both approachable, and actionable.


Zac's faculty advisor suggested he reach out to the Cooking Matters Program.  Zac has been an enthusiastic volunteer since that time, and even wrote a paper that incorporates his experiences with Cooking Matters.

 


What is your favorite part of volunteering with the Cooking Matters Program? 

Zac enjoys the people he's met through Cooking Matters.  He also likes the learner-centered instructional approach used in Cooking Matters classes.  He appreciates that instruction is an evolving, two-way conversation that gives Participants the opportunity to talk openly about the barriers they have to healthier eating.  "It's not a teacher talking to a student, ...  Participants aren't being talked over."


Zac also likes the safe space created in the Cooking Matters Classroom.  He believes that space allows Participants to share their experiences and challenges, and helps them make change.  "We're not pointing fingers about what's bad, but letting Participants know what's healthier, and what might not be the best choice."



Do you have a favorite moment from a Cooking Matters Class you would like to share? 

Zac's favorite part of Cooking Matters is the hands-on nutrition.  Specifically, he thinks Sugar Overload and Blubber Burger are powerful classroom tools.  He enjoys watching Participants's reactions to those activities; saying "That's where it clicks for them."



What do you like to do in your spare time? 

Zac has family all over the country.  In his spare time, he enjoys catching up with family members he doesn't see often enough.



Summer Employment Opportunities with SFSP!

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Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

 

Food insecurity doesn't take a summer vacation.  Children who participate in school-based nutrition programs during the school year still need access to additional meals during the summer months.  


SFSP offers children suffering from food insecurity supplemental nutrition while school is out of session.  Children can visit special locations that provide needed meals during the summer months.


Gleaners Community Food Bank is preparing for its part in SFSP.  We are currently recruiting several:

  • SFSP Meal Counters. 
  • SFSP Program Monitors.  

Both of these positions are temporary (June through August) and will report to Debbie Smith.  


Each SFSP Monitor will be responsible for overseeing 15-20 community sites by routine visits throughout the summer. 


Each Meal Counter will be responsible for recording the daily participation for 8-10 community sites.  


The complete job descriptions for both positions can be found here.  


 

Interested candidates are to email Sheryl Stoddard at sstoddard@gcfb.org.  


Be on the lookout for new site opportunities!

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Do you know an organization that would like to host a Cooking Matters Series?


We are currently seeking suggestions for new Cooking Matters Host Agencies. Potential sites should serve low income populations and be able to recruit 15-18 participants who can commit to a six week series. Please contact Rebecca with any ideas: (313) 923-3535 x 202 or rblauw@gcfb.org.


Welcome!

 

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the new volunteers who recently began their first Cooking Matters class:

  • Armando O.
  • Brandie H.
  • Diane B.
  • Eric F.
  • Joey Q.
  • Marcia N.
  • Renee M. 
  • Rey L.
  • Roberta H.
  • Sean O.
  • Sherie S.
  • Victoria N.



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Volunteers Needed


Cooking Matters for Families

May 3, 2017 – June 7, 2017 Wednesdays

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program

Peaches and Greens

8838 3rd Ave.

Detroit, MI 48202

Culinary Instructor


Cooking Matters for Adults

May 9, 2017 – Jun. 13, 2017 Tuesdays

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Twelfth Street Food Pantry

1840 Midland

Detroit, MI 48238

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant


Cooking Matters for Adults

May 9, 2017 – Jun. 13, 2017 Tuesdays

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

North Shore Church

51028 Base St.

New Baltimore, MI 48047

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor


Cooking Matters for Adults

May 10, 2017 – Jun. 14, 2017 Wednesdays

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Warren Plaza Apartments

430 East Warren Ave.

Detroit, MI 48201

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor


Cooking Matters for Kids

May 10, 2017 – Jun. 14, 2017 Wednesdays

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Parkman Branch Library

1766 Oakman Blvd.,

Detroit, MI 48238

Culinary Instructor


Cooking Matters for Adults

May 15, 2017 – Jun. 26, 2017

*Skip May 29*

Mondays

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Village of Bethany Manor

8738 14th St.

Detroit, MI 48206

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant


Cooking Matters for Families

May 15, 2017 – Jun. 26, 2017

*Skip May 29*

Mondays

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Heilmann Recreation Center

19601 Crusade St.

Detroit, MI 48025

Culinary Instructor


Cooking Matters para Adultos

May 17, 2017 – Jun. 21, 2017 Wednesdays

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Centro Familiar Cristiano UMC 1270 Waterman St.

Detroit, MI 48209

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor


Cooking Matters for Adults

*This is a class for special needs adults*

May 18, 2017 – Jun. 29, 2017

*Skip June 8*

Thursdays

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Creative Empowerment Opportunities

34820 Harper Ave.

Clinton Twp., MI 48035

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant


Cooking Matters for Adults

May 18, 2017 – Jun. 29, 2017

*Skip June 8*

Thursdays

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Village of Harmony Manor 15050 Birwood St.

Detroit, MI 48238

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant


Cooking Matters for Adults

May 19, 2017 – Jun. 30, 2017

*Skip June 9*

Fridays

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Northwest Activities Center

18100 Meyers

Detroit, MI 48235

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Classroom Assistant


Cooking Matters for Adults *French or Arabic speaking volunteers a plus*

Jun. 6, 2017 – Jul. 18, 2017

*Skip July 4*

Tuesdays

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Freedom House

Gleaners Community Food Bank 2131 Beaufait

Detroit, MI 48207

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant


Cooking Matters for Families

Jun. 8, 2017 – Jul. 13, 2017 Thursdays

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Mabelle Burnette Branch Library 22005 Van Dyke

Warren, MI 48089

Culinary Instructor


Cooking Matters for Adults

Jun. 15, 2017 – Jul. 20, 2017 Thursdays

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Living Faith Church

21740 Ryan Rd.

Warren, MI 48091

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant


Cooking Matters for Adults

Jun. 27, 2017 – Aug. 8, 2017

*Skip July 4*

Thursdays 3:30 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. Farwell Recreation Center

2711 E. Outer Drive

Detroit, MI 48045

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor and Class Assistant


Cooking Matters for Kids

Jul. 5, 2017 – Aug. 9, 2017 Wednesdays

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Campbell Branch Library

8733 W. Vernor

Detroit, MI 48203

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor


Cooking Matters for Adults

Jul. 11, 2017 – Aug. 15, 2017 Tuesdays

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Milan Seniors for Healthy Living 45 Neckel Court

Milan, MI 48160

Class Assistant


Cooking Matters for Teens

Jul. 11, 2017 – Aug. 15, 2017 Tuesdays

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

GenesisHOPE

7200 Mack

Detroit, MI 48214

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Classroom Assistant


Cooking Matters for Adults

Jul. 19, 2017 – Aug. 23, 2017 Wednesdays

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Central United Methodist Church The NOAH Project

23 E. Adams Ave.

Detroit, MI 48226

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Classroom Assistant


Cooking Matters for Adults EXTRA for Diabetes

Oct. 3, 2017 – Nov. 14, 2017

*SKIP OCTOBER 31*

Tuesdays

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Henry Ford Centennial Library 16301 Michigan Ave.

Dearborn, MI 48126

Culinary Instructor


The full list of volunteer opportunities can always be found here. 


This material was partially funded by the State of Michigan with federal funds from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by way of the Michigan Nutrition Network at the Michigan Fitness Foundation. This work is supported in part by the Michigan Department of Human Services, under contract number ADMIN-10-99011. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Michigan Fitness Foundation or the Michigan Department of Human Services. In accordance with Federal law and USDA policy, these institutions are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720- 6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more contact the toll free Michigan Food Assistance Program Hotline at (855) ASK-MICH.
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