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Cooking Matters Staff Changes

This month we are saying goodbye to two long-time Cooking Matters staff members.  Brittney Rooney left the food bank to pursue a full-time career in urban farming on May 11, and volunteer coordinator Carolyn Sagi is moving on to new opportunities on May 18.  We wish both of them well!

The program also welcomed two new Cooking Matters Coordinators this week.  You can read more about Natalie Hardin and T.J. Robinson, our new staff members, below.  

Our team is in the process of determining who will be the main point of contact for Cooking Matters volunteers moving forward.  In the interim, please reach out to Rebecca Blauw to sign up for classes: (313) 580-9822 or rblauw@gcfb.org

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Thank you so much for everything you do for Cooking Matters and our Community!  The work of Gleaners Community Food Bank and Cooking Matters is so essential, and we couldn't do it without your help!

I am so grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the mission of ending hunger in Southeast Michigan.  I am also incredibly grateful for the gift to meet and work with wonderful people who are making a real difference.

I have decided to make a change.  I will no longer be working at Gleaners Community Food Bank.  I believe incredibly strongly in the work of Gleaners and its partners.  Having worked within this organization, that belief is stronger than ever.

Thank you for all you do for others!

Carolyn Sagi

Natalie

Hello! My name is Natalie and I recently started as a Cooking Matters Coordinator for Gleaners this May. I was born and raised in Idaho, the potato state! I received my bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Idaho in 2015 and I have a background in nutrition education, cooking, and agriculture. I’m excited to explore Michigan this summer and I’m always looking for ways to be outdoors, whether it’s kayaking, biking, or gardening!  I love working with people of all ages and I’m looking forward to working with volunteers to teach adults, families, teens, and kids all about the importance of nutrition and cooking in our daily lives. 


TJ


My name is Thomas James Robinson (T.J.) and I grew up in Port Huron, MI. I began cooking in restaurants in 1996 after graduating high school.  Throughout my career I have worked in most all of the various aspects of the food service industry and have traveled a little while doing so.  Prior to accepting a position with Gleaners Community Food Bank, I have been a Chef volunteer for 14 Cooking Matters classes.  I am passionate about food and nutrition and look forward to continue to share my skills and knowledge with the community. 

 


Volunteer Brunch in the Garden


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Join us for a Gleaners "Food Zoo" urban garden open house, and potluck brunch:

Saturday, June 16, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

For those who would like, there will be an opportunity to work in the garden.

Family and other guests are welcome!


Urgent Volunteers Needed!

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

Cooking Matters for Families

Corpus Christi Parish

16000 Pembroke Avenue

Detroit, MI 48235

6/13/2018 – 7/25/2018

*skip 7/4/2018*

Wednesdays

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant


Cooking Matters for Adults

Ukrainian Village Apartments

26377 Ryan Rd.

Warren, MI 48091

6/19/2018 – 7/24/2018

Tuesdays

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant


Cooking Matters for Parents

Great Start Collaborative of Monroe

1101 S. Raisinville Rd.

Monroe, MI 48161

6/21/2018 - 7/26/2018

Thursdays

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant


Contact Rebecca to sign up for a class:  (313) 580-9822 or rblauw@gcfb.org


Newsletter Update


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In the coming months, we will be transitioning to a new platform for sending out the Cooking Matters newsletter.  We will also be moving to a quarterly schedule for newsletter distribution.  A list of classes and other volunteer opportunities will still be sent to you via email monthly. Thank you for your understanding as we make these adjustments.  


Logo Changes

Have you noticed some changes to our website and social media?  That's because both Share Our Strength and Gleaners Community Food have recently retooled their logos for a fresh new look.  But don't worry, all of our programming and services will remain the same!

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Substitutes Needed!

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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 Rebecca to sign up: (313) 580-9822 or rblauw@gcfb.org 


Detroit Public TV Kids Club Live!

Gleaners Community Food Bank will partner with Detroit Public TV and Kroger for Kids Club Live at the Royal Oak Farmers Market Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20.

This family friendly event will feature favorite Kids Club characters in a live show.  After each show, families will visit fun tables to learn about healthy kid care, and play games.

Cooking Matters would like to provide a table on healthy eating for young families.  To do this, we will need the help of volunteers.  Cooking Matters will provide all the materials, and volunteers will visit with families to talk about healthy recipes, tips, and to play games.  Shift times are:

Tuesday, June 19:
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 20:
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Please contact Rebecca with questions or to sign up for a shift: (313) 580-9822 or rblauw@gcfb.org 


Gleaners Programs

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Cooking Matters of Southeast Michigan is proud to be one of many amazing programs offered by Gleaners Community Food Bank.

If you have extra time, these excellent programs would love to have your help.


My Neighborhood Mobile Grocery (MNMG) 

MNMG is a weekly pop-up market that provides families and individuals who have low access to affordable, healthy foods with a new and innovative shopping option within their communities. MNMG addresses both economic access as well as physical access to food and helps to reduce food insecurity by extending the shopper’s purchasing power. 

Volunteers are needed to greet and assist shoppers, assemble orders on truck, check and bag orders for customers, and assist with market set-up and tear-down. Volunteers must be age 18 or older. Click here, and reach out to Julie Ptasznik at jptasznik@gcfb.org for more information.


Henry's Groceries for Health


Gleaners Community Food Bank has partnered with Henry Ford Health System to offer groceries to patients struggling with food insecurity.  We're hoping to measurably improve these patients' health.


As one component of this program, we deliver groceries to homebound patients participating with the study.  Volunteers ride in a van with a Gleaners staff member to assist in delivering boxes of food directly to patients' homes.  Opportunities are organized in 3.5 hour shifts, and depart from the Gleaners Detroit warehouse on Beaufait:


Mondays

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesdays

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Wednesdays

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Recurring volunteers welcome and encouraged.


Please click here to schedule a shift.


This link requests Volunteers fill out a background check form.  Please make a note that you are a Cooking Matters Volunteer.  The Volunteer Coordinator for Henry's Groceries will coordinate with Carolyn Sagi to use your Cooking Matters approval.


Participant Quote of the Month

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“This class is wonderful!  The way that you present the information - it's a revelation to me.  I want to stand up and shout!”


-Cooking Matters for Adults Participant



Welcome

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new volunteers who recently attended New Volunteer Orientation and Training:

  • LaKessia M.
  • Laura M.
  • Cheyenne B.
  • Danielle J.
  • Olivia B.
  • Janet K.
  • Esther P.
  • Doug P.
  • Kali G.
  • Christina B. 
  • Michael C.
  • Terri B.
  • Arielle L.
  • Hannah N.

 


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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 Families

05/29/2018 - 07/02/2018

Mondays - First class will be on Tuesday 5/30

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Children’s Center 

79 W. Alexandrine St. 

Detroit, MI 48201

Culinary Instructor

 

Cooking Matters for Families

05/30/2018 - 07/03/2018

Wednesdays - Last class will be a Tuesday

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Children’s Center 

79 W. Alexandrine St. 

Detroit, MI 48201

Culinary Instructor

 

Cooking Matters for Adults

06/04/2018 - 07/09/2018

Mondays

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Northwest Activities Center 

18100 Meyers 

Detroit, MI 48235

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor

 

Cooking Matters for Adults EXTRA for Diabetes

06/04/2018 - 07/16/2018

Mondays *Skip 7/2/2018*

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Bacon Memorial Library 45 Vinewood St. 

Wyandotte, MI 48192

Culinary Instructor and Class Assistant

 

Cooking Matters for Families

06/13/2018 - 07/25/2018

Wednesdays

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Corpus Christi Parish 

16000 Pembroke Avenue 

Detroit, MI 48235

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Classroom Assistant

 

Cooking Matters for Adults

06/19/2018 - 07/24/2018

Tuesdays

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

St. Patrick Senior Center 

58 Parsons St. 

Detroit, MI 48201

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor

 

Cooking Matters for Adults

06/19/2018 - 07/24/2018

Tuesdays

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church 

2080 W Grand Blvd. 

Detroit, MI 48208

Culinary Instructor

 

Cooking Matters for Adults

06/19/2018 - 07/24/2018

Tuesdays

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Ukrainian Village Apartments 

26377 Ryan Rd. 

Warren, MI 48091

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant. 

Ukrainian and Chaldean speakers a plus.

 

Cooking Matters for Adults EXTRA for Diabetes

06/21/2018 - 08/02/2018

Thursdays

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Orion Center 

1335 Joslyn Rd. 

Lake Orion, MI 48360

Culinary Instructor and Class Assistant

 

Cooking Matters for Parents

06/21/2018 - 07/26/2018

Thursday

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Great Start Collaborative of Monroe 

1101 S. Raisinville Rd. 

Monroe, MI 48161

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant

 

Cooking Matters for Adults

07/10/2018 - 08/14/2018

Tuesdays

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

McDonnell Tower 

24300 Civic Center Drive 

Southfield, MI 48033

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant

 

Cooking Matters for Teens

07/10/2018 - 08/14/2018

Tuesdays

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Ruth Ellis Center 

77 Victor St. 

Highland Park, MI 48203

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant

 

Cooking Matters for Adults

07/11/2018 - 08/15/2018

Wednesdays

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Milan Seniors for Healthy Living 

45 Neckel Court 

Milan, MI 48160

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant

 

Cooking Matters for Adults

07/11/2018 - 08/15/2018

Wednesdays

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Central Baptist Church 

15170 Archdale St. 

Detroit, MI 48227

Culinary Instructor

 

Cooking Matters for Kids

07/11/2018 - 08/15/2018

Wednesdays

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Emerald Springs Townhomes 

5825 Emerald Springs Circle 

Detroit, MI 48212

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor

 

Cooking Matters for Adults

07/11/2018 - 08/15/2018

Wednesdays

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Schoenherr Towers 

37500 Schoenherr Rd. 

Sterling Heights, MI 48312

Culinary Instructor

 

Cooking Matters for Adults

07/12/2018 - 08/16/2018

Thursdays

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Bishop Co-Op Apartments

2651 Biddle Ave. 

Wyandotte, MI 48192

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant

 

Cooking Matters for Adults

07/13/2018 - 08/17/2018

Fridays

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Heartline, Inc. 

8201 Sylvester 

Detroit, MI 48214

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant

 

Cooking Matters for Adults EXTRA for Diabetes

08/07/2018 - 09/18/2018

Tuesdays *Skip 9/4/2018*

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Oak Street Health 

13667 Eureka Rd 

Southgate, MI 48195

Culinary Instructor and Class Assistant

 

Cooking Matters for Adults

09/11/2018 - 10/16/2018

Tuesdays

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Northwest Activities Center 

18100 Meyers 

Detroit, MI 48235

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor

 

Cooking Matters for Adults EXTRA for Diabetes

09/12/2018 - 10/17/2018

Wednesdays

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

HYPE Recreation/Wayne Senior Services 

4635 Howe 

Wayne, MI 48184

Culinary Instructor and Classroom Assistant

 

Cooking Matters for Adults

09/17/2018 - 10/22/2018

Mondays

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

United Community Family Services 

2033 Austin Drive 

Troy, MI 48083

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor Chaldean speakers a plus.

 

Cooking Matters for Adults

10/12/2018 - 11/16/2018

Fridays

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Douglass Branch Library

3666 Grand River 

Detroit, MI 48208

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant


For a list of all of our volunteer opportunities, click 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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