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Save the Date!

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The Spring Volunteer Appreciation Event is just around the corner.  Please reserve the morning of:

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

We plan to meet in the Food Zoo at Gleaners Community Food Bank for a morning of brunch and gardening.

We would love to see you there!


Urgent Volunteers Needed!


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

Cooking Matters for Adults 
Apr. 6, 2017 – May 11, 2017 
Thursdays 
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Ford Resource and Engagement Center 
2826 Bagley Ave 
Detroit, MI 48216 
Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor 

Cooking Matters for Families
Apr. 24, 2017 - Jun. 5, 2017
Mondays
*Skip May 29, 2017*
3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School
10147 Chicago W.
Detroit, MI  48204
Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant

Cooking Matters para Padres 
Apr. 25, 2017 – May 30, 2017 
Tuesdays 
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Neinas Elementary School 
6021 McMillan St. 
Detroit, MI 48209 
Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant

Cooking Matters for Adults EXTRA for Diabetes
Apr. 28, 2017 - Jun. 2, 2017
Fridays
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Melvindale Housing Comission
3501 Oakwood Blvd.
Melvindale, MI  48122
Culinary Instructor, Registered Dietitian, 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


Website Renewal

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For the past couple months, AmeriCorps member Crystal Cole has been working on setting up a brand new Cooking Matters Michigan website. This new site is easy to navigate and will be a fantastic tool for our Volunteers and Coordinators. One of the new features is a map of classes!  This feature will make it much easier to search for classes by location. 


Our website transition is scheduled to be complete by mid-April.


Participant Quote of the Month


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"This course has made my son more enthusiastic about helping prepare food" 


-Cooking Matters for Families Adult Participant



Sharing healthy foods at your local pantry

Marisa Tasting at All Saints
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For many individuals in Metro Detroit, their local food pantry is an absolute necessity. Located in churches, schools, and even warehouses, these pantries collect food that can then be chosen by those in need. But what happens once this food is selected? Does everyone know what they can do with their large package of cranberries, or the jar of tart cherries in water?


Marisa here at Gleaners Community Food Bank is making sure our food pantry participants are leaving with the knowledge of how to make the food they are receiving go that extra mile. Marisa, who previously worked as a Cooking Matters Coordinator, now makes wonderful creations from seasonal ingredients being served at food pantries so that those suffering from food insecurity have great ideas about what to make with what they have.


Marisa was kind enough to share one of the recipes she made and brought to the food pantry located at All Saints Catholic Church in Detroit.


Grapefruit and Greens Salad


Ingredients:

  • 1 medium pink grapefruit
  • 6 cups chopped greens (spinach, kale or arugula)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 (15-oz.) can of beans (cannellini, garbanzo or black, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Avocado, halved, pitted and sliced into 1/2-inch wedges (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey (optional)


Directions:

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut peel and white pith from grapefruit; discard. Working over a small bowl, cut between membranes to release segments into bowl.
  2. Squeeze juice from membrane into another bowl; add any accumulated juices from bowl with segments- there should be about 1/4 cup of juice total.
  3. Whisk oil into juice. Add salt, pepper and honey (if using).
  4. Place greens in a large bowl and drizzle with 3 tablespoons of dressing. Toss to combine. If using kale, let stand for 10 minutes while kale wilts slightly.
  5. Add onion, cranberries, cucumbers and beans; toss to combine.
  6. Top with grapefruit segments and avocado (if using). Drizzle with remaining dressing and serve.

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Volunteer Spotlight:  
Ben Hall and Jason Murphy

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Ben Hall and Jason Murphy at Russell Street Deli


Cooking Matters shares the owners of Russell Street Deli with many volunteer programs and events at Gleaners Community Food Bank. Ben Hall and Jason Murphy volunteer as Culinary Instructors for the Cooking Matters Program. They also contribute to and volunteer with My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery, and special events such as Russell Street Deli's Soup Academy, Empty Bowls, Uncorked, Fund Drives, and Community Outreach. Ben has also worked on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, Raising the Minimum Wage, and will testify this month on One Fair Wage. Collectively, Ben and Jason are in this month's Volunteer Spotlight. 


Tell us a little about yourself. 

Ben grew up in Michigan and California. His family was also in the business of feeding people. Ben's aunt and uncle had a farm, inspiring his love for fresh fruits and vegetables. Ben's dad was in the meat business, shaping Ben's desire to make good use of all parts of the animal. Ben's experiences growing up almost certainly impacted his desire to give back, growing up food insecure himself. 


Jason was born and raised in the city of Detroit. His father was a police officer, and his mother worked in the food industry. Jason's early experiences also influenced his desire to give back. He began at Russell Street Deli as a dish washer, and has a solid understanding of the challenges of being a minimum wage employee. 


What led you to the Cooking Matters Program? 

Ben has been volunteering as a Culinary Instructor with the Cooking Matters Program since 2010. When he was called away from a class series last summer, his business partner Jason stepped in to be trained, and take Ben's place in class. Jason has been busy teaching ever since; volunteering with four Cooking Matters classes since June, 2016. 


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

Ben and Jason both enjoy volunteering, for its own sake, citing the space to be generous as a reward in itself. 


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

Jason's second Cooking Matters class was with a group of 14-19 year-old students with special needs. During graduation, the participants presented the instructors with handmade gifts, which Jason still has. Jason found that class a very rewarding volunteer experience, in general. Remarking, "There is something particularly profound about working with people who always seem to operate from a place of altruism." 


Ben consistently enjoys teaching the tricks of the culinary trade. He enjoys helping people learn safe and easy ways to do things in the kitchen that seemed too difficult or dangerous before having help. He also enjoys watching others "get their minds blown by food." 


What ingredients will we always find in your kitchen? 

In Ben's kitchen, we will always find vinegars, animal fats, and whole spices that he grinds fresh in a coffee grinder. Jason's kitchen always has soup, salt, and raw milk. He also loves to grind spices fresh. 


What do you like to do in your spare time? 

Jason enjoys swimming, cycling, and travelling. Ben enjoys gardening and reading. 


They both clearly enjoy volunteering!


Spotlight Recipe

Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? 


Carrot Ginger Soup 


15 carrots peeled or just washed if organic 

2 onions 

1/2 lbs ginger (one big knob) 

3 Tbl brown sugar 

1 tsp nutmeg 

3 Tbl salt 

3/4 cup olive oil 


Boil carrots until extremely soft. Remove excess water and set aside (you may need this water later). In a separate pot, sauté onions with extra virgin olive oil and salt. Cook onions until caramelized dark. 


Combine all ingredients. Blend or wand until completely smooth. Emulsify in ½ cup extra virgin olive oil. 


Optional 

o Add a can of coconut milk 

o Add a dash of fish sauce 

o Add some lemongrass (but remove before eating) 

o Grill the carrots! 

o Roast the carrots! 

o Cook extra carrots with turkey or chicken and use those 

o Use molasses in place of brown sugar 

o A pinch of cinnamon 

o Don’t use sugar at all


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.  


Cooking Matters Coordinator Position Open

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Culinary Instructor, Allie Lyttle, with Participants at Woodward Academy.


Gleaners Community Food Bank is hiring a culinary professional to teach families how to cook, plan nutritious meals, and shop on a budget with the Cooking Matters curricula. This position is full time - 40hrs. 


Preferred culinary degree and/or three years culinary work experience at the sous chef level or higher. 


Please have interested applicants email a cover letter and resume to Sheryl Stoddard sstoddard@gcfb.org.


Center for Success Featured in the Press!

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In Detroit, many warehouses and plants are repurposed with ambitious goals, bringing new life back to old buildings. Center for Success started in Detroit in 2014 in the former Packard marine plant on East Grand Boulevard, and every day after school, kids and volunteers flood the space in a whirl of sound and color. Center for Success matches kids one-on-one with mentors that help the kids learn to read and write. The program has seen tremendous success: “[Center for Success] tests the children at the beginning and end of the school year to track their progress. Last year, students advanced an average of 2.6 grade levels.” 


Read more about their amazing work here! We are proud to continue offering Cooking Matters in partnership with Center for Success!



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:

  • Nicole A. 
  • Margaret A.-M. 
  • Jessica F. 
  • Mayssoun H. 
  • Sarah H. 
  • Kathy K. 
  • Naitnaphit L. 
  • Amber P. 
  • Rebecca R.



This space is reserved for YOU!

Have you recently been featured in the media?  Do you have an accomplishment, event, or opportunity that you would like to share with our readers?  Let us know so that we can include it in the next newsletter!

 

Volunteers Needed


Cooking Matters for Adults *Spanish speaking volunteers a plus* 

Apr. 6, 2017 – May 11, 2017 

Thursdays 

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Ford Resource and Engagement Center 

2826 Bagley Ave 

Detroit, MI 48216 

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor


Cooking Matters for Adults 

Apr. 7, 2017 – May 12, 2017 

Fridays 

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Gethsemane Missionary Church 

29066 Eton 

Westland, MI 4818 

Culinary Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Kids 

Apr. 12, 2017 – May 17, 2017 

Wednesdays 

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Bradford Academy 

24218 Garner St. 

Southfield, MI 48033 

Culinary Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Parents 

Apr. 13, 2017 – May 18, 2017 

Thursdays 

3:35 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. 

Taylor Head Start 

14616 Duncan 

Taylor, MI 48180 

Nutrition Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

Apr. 19, 2017 – May 24, 2017 

Wednesdays 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

The ARC of Macomb County 

44050 N. Gratiot Ave. 

Clinton Twp., MI 48036 

Culinary Instructor and Class Assistant 


Cooking Matters para Adultos 

Apr. 21, 2017 – Jun. 2, 2017 

*SKIP MAY 5* 

Fridays 

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

LA SED 

7150 W. Vernor Hwy. 

Detroit, MI 48209 

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Families 

Apr. 24, 2017 - Jun. 5, 2017 

Mondays 

*Skip May 29, 2017* 

3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. 

Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School 

10147 Chicago W. 

Detroit, MI 48204 

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant


Cooking Matters para Padres 

Apr. 25, 2017 – May 30, 2017 

Tuesdays 

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Neinas Elementary School 

6021 McMillan St. 

Detroit, MI 48209 

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant 


Cooking Matters for Families 

Apr. 26, 2017 – May 31, 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 

Apr. 27, 2017 – Jun. 1, 2017 

Thursdays 

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Fish and Loaves Community Food Pantry 

25670 Northline Rd. 

Taylor, MI 48180 

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Teens 

Apr. 28, 2017 – Jun. 2, 2017 

Fridays 

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

John R. King Academy 

15850 Puritan 

Detroit, MI 48227 

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Adults EXTRA for Diabetes 

Apr. 28, 2017 – Jun. 2, 2017 

Fridays 

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Melvindale Housing Commission 

3501 Oakwood Blvd. 

Melvindale. MI 48122 

Culinary Instructor, RD, and Class Assistant 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

May 1, 2017 – Jun. 12, 2017 

*SKIP MAY 29* 

Mondays 

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Greenhouse Apartments 

17300 Southfield Fwy. 

Detroit, MI 48235 

Culinary Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Kids 

May 3, 2017 – Jun. 7, 2017 

Wednesdays 

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Parkman Branch Library 

1766 Oakman Blvd., 

Detroit, MI 48238 

Culinary Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

May 4, 2017 – Jun. 8, 2017 

Thursdays 

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Covenant Community Care 

5716 Michigan Avenue 

Detroit, MI 48210 

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Classroom Assistant 


Cooking Matters for Teens 

May 5, 2017 – Jun. 9, 2017 

Fridays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Brightmoor Artisans Collective 

22735 Fenkell 

Detroit, MI 48223 

Classroom Assistant 


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 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, Nutrition Instructor, and Classroom Assistant 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

May 24, 2017 – Jun. 28, 2017 

Wednesdays 

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Flat Rock Towers 

28744 Telegraph 

Flat Rock, MI 48134 

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Classroom 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. 22, 2017 – Jul. 27, 2017 

Thursdays 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Arthur Miller Branch Library 

5460 Arden Road 

Warren, MI 48092 

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Kids 

Jun. 23, 2017 – Aug. 4, 2017 

*Skip July 21* 

Fridays 

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Warren Civic Center Library 

One City Square Suite 100 

Warren, MI 48093 

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor 


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 

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and 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 and Nutrition Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Kids 

Jul. 11, 2017 – Aug. 15, 2017 

Tuesdays 

4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. 

Downtown Boxing Gym 

6445 E. Vernor Hwy. 

Detroit, MI 48207 

Nutrition Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

Sep. 13, 2017 – Oct. 18, 2017 

Wednesdays 

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Barton Towers Co-Op 

333. N. Troy St. 

Royal Oak, MI 48067 

Culinary Instructor 


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.
Tel: (313) 923-3535, ext. 257
Cell: (313) 580-9822
Email: csagi@gcfb.org