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Happy 40th Birthday to Gleaners!

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Summer is here at Cooking Matters Michigan!
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Thank you!

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Thank you for all the fantastic help with Cooking Matters summer classes!!!

Summer is a busy time for everyone, and we are SO appreciative of your help and support with our summer schedule!  Thank you especially to those who have volunteered in the last few weeks!!  If we haven't seen you recently, we would love to see you again VERY soon!

We couldn't do our work without you!  Your effort makes a huge difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors struggling with food insecurity!  MANY THANKS!!


Urgent Volunteers Needed!


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

Cooking Matters for Adults 
Aug. 29, 2017 – Oct. 3, 2017 
Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Federation of Youth Services 
528 E. Grand Blvd. 
Detroit, MI 48224 
Nutrition Instructor and Class Assistant 

Cooking Matters for Adults 
Sep. 6, 2017 – Oct. 11, 2017 
Wednesdays 
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Bowin Place Apartments 
15400 W. 7 Mile Rd. 
Detroit, MI 48235 
Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant 

Cooking Matters for Adults EXTRA for Diabetes 
Sep. 7, 2017 – Oct. 12, 2017 
Thursdays 
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Putnam Senior Center 
350 Mower Rd. 
Pinckney, MI 48169 
Culinary Instructor, Registered Dietitian, and Class Assistant 

Cooking Matters for Adults 
Sep. 7, 2017 – Oct. 12, 2017 
Thursdays 
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Monroe Housing Commission 
20 North Roessler Street 
Monroe, MI 48162 
Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant

Please view the complete list of classes on the Cooking Matters Michigan Website or BLOG.

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


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 Website or 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


Gleaners Community Food Bank Turns 40

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Gleaners Community Food Bank's 40th Anniversary Logo


Forty years ago Gene Gonya had a vision: to serve Detroit by "feeding hungry people and nourishing our communities", and so the beginnings of Gleaners Community Food Bank took shape. In the first year, 537,462 pounds of food were distributed.

Over the next four decades, Gleaners was an innovator in ways to fight hunger and distribute food. Gleaners helped to start the national association of food banks now known as Feeding America, the statewide Food Bank Council of Michigan, and the Food Bank of Oakland County. Food distribution has grown from 537,000 to approximately 40 million pounds annually. Numerous programs for hunger awareness and nutrition education were started.

Cooking Matters was founded in 1993 and partnered with Gleaners in 1994 to provide nutrition and culinary education to families at risk of hunger. The Cooking Matters office at Gleaners now works with agencies around the state to ensure access to Cooking Matters programming from Monroe to Copper Harbor and everywhere in between. 

Learn more about the programs Gleaners sponsors to combat hunger by visiting http://www.gcfb.org/programs



Cooking Matters Employment Opportunity Through AmeriCorps!

AmeriCorps 2Join the Cooking Matters Team at Gleaners Community Food Bank as a Cooking Matters AmeriCorps Member! 

AmeriCorps programs provide opportunities for those involved to make an intensive commitment to service. The AmeriCorps network of local, state, and national service programs engages more than 80,000 Americans in projects around the nation each year. At Gleaners Community Food Bank, that is through Cooking Matters Programming! 

The Cooking Matters AmeriCorps member will work with Gleaners Community Food Bank Cooking Matters staff to implement effective hands-on courses and tours teaching families at risk of hunger that healthy cooking can be delicious, enjoyable, and most important, affordable. Find the entire position description on the Careers page of the Gleaners website: www.gcfb.org/careers_page

The Cooking Matters AmeriCorps position begins September 1st, 2017. 

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Sheryl Stoddard at sstoddard@gcfb.org

We are looking forward to hearing from you!!


Congratulations, Allie!

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Allie Lyttle with her Cooking Matters for Kids participants


CONGRATULATIONS to Cooking Matters Culinary Instructor, Allie Lyttle!!  On June 27th, she was featured on Food Network's Chopped episode, "Snap Pea to It!"


In her video biography, Allie talked about her work with Gleaners Community Food Bank.  As part of the story, Food Network visited a Cooking Matters for Kids class to film Allie and the kids in action.  Participants shared the spotlight for a few minutes, as they chopped veggies, and talked about Chinese Veggies and Rice.


Excellent job, Allie!!  Both teaching class, and making us proud on Food Network's Chopped!



The Many Faces of Gleaners Community Food Bank

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The Many Faces of Gleaners Community Food Bank, featuring Gene Gonya, Hannah McKellar, Amanda Zarzycki, and Justine Miles


Gleaners Community Food Bank is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in many ways. One very important way is by celebrating the numerous people involved in making Gleaners' mission possible. 

That includes YOU! 

Please visit the 'Many Faces of Gleaners Community Food Bank' website to meet the people behind the great work going on at Gleaners. While you're there, we'd love you to SHARE YOUR STORY TOO! 

Cooking Matters has been partnering with Gleaners Community Food Bank to help our Hungry Neighbors for over 20 years! We couldn't do this important work without your help. PLEASE share your experiences with Gleaners by submitting your story! 

How to Submit: 
-Go to faces.gcfb.org
-Select the orange "Share Your Story" button. 
-Complete the form. 
-Submit by clicking "Share Your Story." 

Contact Carolyn with questions: 313-308-0585, 313-580-9822, or csagi@gcfb.org.


Twentieth Annual Detroit Tour of Urban Gardens and Farms

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Detroit celebrates its urban agriculture community with historic 20th Annual Detroit Tour of Urban Gardens and Farms presented by Keep Growing Detroit. 

On Wednesday, August 2nd guests will travel by bus and bike to see the places where residents are digging into Detroit soil to cultivate a healthy relationship to food, learn healthy habits from family and neighbors, and nurture an economically viable city where Detroiters thrive. 

Tours will begin at Eastern Market in Shed 3 at 6:00pm and last approximately 2 hours. After the tour, a reception featuring Detroit-grown produce prepared by local chefs will provide guests with a taste of Detroit’s delicious food system. The reception will also feature a Good Food Bazaar where guests can learn about opportunities to plug into Detroit’s food community from starting a community garden, to launching a new food business, to purchasing handcrafted offerings from local food entrepreneurs. 

Registration is now open and early registration is strongly recommended. To register, please visit keepgrowingdetroit.org or call 313-757-2635. When registering, be prepared to provide contact information for all attendees and to choose which bike or bus tour you would like to attend. Descriptions of the bus and bike routes are on the registration page. Tickets for the tour range from $15-$100, general admission is $30. 

Keep Growing Detroit exists to promote a food sovereign Detroit where the majority of fruits and vegetables consumed by Detroiters are grown by residents within the cityʼs limits. Keep Growing Detroit works in partnership with hundreds of community-based organizations and residents to provide resources and support to thousands of urban gardeners and farmers. To learn more about urban gardening programs in the city visit www.keepgrowingdetroit.org, phone at 313-757-2635.


Save the Date!  Fall Event Planning is Underway!

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Save the Date! 

Cooking Matters 
Fall Volunteer Appreciation Event 
Wednesday, September 27th 
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Gleaners Community Food Bank 
2131 Beaufait, Detroit 48207 
Kids Helping Kids Room 

We'd love to see you there! 

The Cooking Matters summer schedule is in full swing! It's the perfect time to remind you that WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU DO!!! 

On Wednesday, September 27th, we will be having an appreciation event in honor of YOU! Please do plan to attend. Please do bring a guest or two! All are welcome, ESPECIALLY those who would like to learn more about the Cooking Matters Program! 

We will be offering delicious food, great company, and great conversation. We will also be honoring 2017 inductees to the Cooking Matters Hall of Fame! 

Please plan to join us! 

If you would like to help plan the Fall Event, please do contact Carolyn: 313-308-0585, 313-580-9822, or csagi@gcfb.org.


Cooking Matters Michigan Website

CM Website 3The Cooking Matters Michigan website has been live for several months now!  Within the next few weeks, we plan to redirect traffic from the old Cooking Matters BLOG to the new site.  

If you haven't had the opportunity to check it out yet, we're looking forward to your feedback!  The new address is:


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

Thank you to Volunteer Culinary Instructor, Barb Hughes, for being the first to sign up using the new online feature!

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


Participant Quote of the Month


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"Something strange is happening to me... I think I like tofu more than I like meat." -Cooking Matters for Adults Participant



Volunteer Spotlight:  Gail Turner

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Cooking Matters Volunteer, Gail Turner

Tell us a little about yourself. 
I was born and raised in southeastern Michigan and, with the exception of some extended travels over the years, I’ve lived in the Detroit area all my life. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan with a degree in International Studies, and then spent several years working as a customs and international trade consultant. I returned to school a few years ago after deciding that I wanted to pursue a more rewarding career path, and recently received my master's degree in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College in Vermont. There are so many exciting things happening in Detroit right now with respect to building a strong and sustainable local food system, and I'm looking forward to playing a role in that movement. 

What led you to the Cooking Matters program? 
I have always admired the work that Gleaners does to address food insecurity in our community. I have volunteered in other capacities with the organization, so I was excited to learn about the Cooking Matters program earlier this year. The program's hands-on learning approach provides participants with the knowledge and resources to prepare delicious, healthy meals in a budget-friendly way, which is such a valuable skill to learn. I think this educational component is a critical piece of the important work that Gleaners does, and I'm very grateful to be able to help with this work. 

What is your favorite part of volunteering for the Cooking Matters program? 
The opportunity to meet lots of great people is my favorite part of volunteering with the program. I really enjoy interacting with all of the participants, class coordinators, and instructors, and I appreciate all of the different insights and experiences that everyone brings to the classes. 

Do you have a favorite moment from a Cooking Matters class you would like to share? 
Whenever participants say that they particularly enjoyed a class session or a recipe that we prepared, it warms my heart! I love knowing that they are having a positive experience and hopefully learning lots of tips and techniques that they will continue to use at home. 

What ingredients will we always find in your kitchen? 
Garlic is definitely one of our favorite ingredients and a staple that we always keep on hand. We also keep our pantry stocked with lots of different dried herbs and spices, and now that growing season is here, we have planters full of fresh herbs in our backyard. These are great ingredients for adding lots of flavor to recipes in a healthy way. I also like to stock up on canned tomatoes (the no salt-added variety!) to use in soups, chili, and pasta sauces. 

What do you like to do in your spare time? 
My husband and I love to travel. We enjoy visiting family in Los Angeles, Austin, and eastern Ontario, and some of our other favorite destinations are Chicago, New York City, and northern Michigan. I also enjoy exploring closer to home and visiting lots of the great places to see in and around Detroit, like the Detroit Institute of Arts, Eastern Market, and Greenfield Village. I enjoy gardening, watching movies, and of course, I love to cook! 

Do you have a recipe you'd like to share? 
Michigan tomatoes when they are in season are to me one of the world's most perfect foods, so I'm really looking forward to enjoying those from our backyard garden this summer. While they taste great on their own, we also love to make caprese salads with them by layering sliced tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, a sprinkling of fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and some fresh ground pepper. It's a quick and easy dish to make and it's always a hit at summer gatherings.


Contribute your recipe to the Detroit Community Markets Network!


The Detroit Community Markets Network (DCMN) partners with Gleaners Community Food Bank to provide locally produced foods to various neighborhoods in Detroit. The DCMN is in the process of creating Recipe Cards for the fall market season and is looking for contributions. Do you have a delicious, nutritious recipe that you and your family truly enjoy? Contribute your recipe today by e-mailing the following to detroit-community-markets@googlegroups.com -- 


-Title of your recipe 

-Ingredient list 

-Step-by-step details for preparation 

-Picture of the finished dish 

-Any relevant notes or FAQs 


Recipes must be submitted by August 2nd, 2017, to be considered for this wave of printing. Visit the DCMN website to learn more about this organization: http://www.detroitmarkets.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:


  • Amy B. 
  • Amy E. 
  • Anna H. 
  • Christine T. 
  • Colleen L. 
  • Dhaara A. 
  • Jacob M. 
  • Jacqueline M. 
  • Jai M. 
  • Jeff G. 
  • Kate P. 
  • Lisa H. 
  • Kim M. 
  • Megan K. 
  • Petagaye E. 
  • Scott W. 
  • Stephanie B. 
  • Sukria M. 
  • Tajkia M.


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Volunteers Needed

Cooking Matters for Adults EXTRA for Diabetes 

Jul. 12, 2017 – Aug. 18, 2017 

Wednesdays 

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Ford Senior Center 

6750 Troy 

Taylor, MI 48180 

Registered Dietitian 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

Aug. 3, 2017 – Sep. 7, 2017 

Thursdays 

3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 

Gleaners Community Food Bank 

2131 Beaufait 

Detroit, MI 48207 

Culinary Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

Aug. 29, 2017 – Oct. 3, 2017 

Tuesdays 

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Federation of Youth Services 

528 E. Grand Blvd. 

Detroit, MI 48224 

Nutrition Instructor and Class Assistant 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

Sep. 6, 2017 – Oct. 11, 2017 

Wednesdays 

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Bowin Place Apartments 

15400 W. 7 Mile Rd. 

Detroit, MI 48235 

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant 


Cooking Matters for Adults EXTRA for Diabetes 

Sep. 7, 2017 – Oct. 12, 2017 

Thursdays 

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Putnam Senior Center 

350 Mower Rd. 

Pinckney, MI 48169 

Culinary Instructor, Registered Dietitian, and Class Assistant 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

Sep. 7, 2017 – Oct. 12, 2017 

Thursdays 

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Monroe Housing Commission 

20 North Roessler Street 

Monroe, MI 48162 

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

Sep. 12, 2017 – Oct. 17, 2017 

Tuesdays 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Northwest Activities Center 

18100 Meyers 

Detroit, MI 48235 

Nutrition Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

*Chaldean and Arabic speaking volunteers a plus* 

Sep. 18, 2017 – Oct. 23, 2017 

Mondays 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

United Community Family Services 

2033 Austin Drive 

Troy, MI 48083 

Culinary Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

Sep. 19, 2017 – Oct. 24, 2017 

Tuesdays 

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Pearl Wright Senior Center 

21131 Garden Lane 

Ferndale, MI 48220 

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

Sep. 21, 2017 – Oct. 26, 2017 

Thursdays 

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Redford Interfaith Relief 

18499 Beech Daly Road 

Redford, MI 48240 

Nutrition Instructor 


Cooking Matters para padres 

*Spanish speaking volunteers a plus* 

Sep. 26, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2017 

Tuesdays 

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

La Casa Guadalupana 

4330 Central Detroit, MI 48210 

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Teens 

Oct. 3, 2017 – Nov. 7, 2017 

Tuesdays 

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Bradford Academy 

24218 Garner St. 

Southfield, MI 48033 

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

Oct. 4, 2017 – Nov. 8, 2017 

Wednesdays 

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

New Baltimore Place Apartments 

51140 Huntley Ave. 

New Baltimore, MI 48047 

Culinary Instructor, Nutrition Instructor, and Class Assistant 


Cooking Matters for Adults EXTRA for Diabetes 

Oct. 4, 2017 – Nov. 8, 2017 

Wednesdays 

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

St. John’s Episcopal Church 

555 S. Wayne Rd. 

Westland, MI 48186 

Culinary Instructor and Class Assistant 


Cooking Matters for Teens 

Oct. 9, 2017 – Nov. 13, 2017 

Mondays 

3:05 p.m. – 5:05 p.m. 

Hazel Park Jr. High School 

22770 Highland 

Hazel Park, MI 48030 

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.
Tel: (313) 923-3535, ext. 257
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