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Summer Recap

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Thank You for All Your Help This Summer!
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The Fall Event is Just Around the Corner!


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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! 

It's been such a busy summer at Cooking Matters!  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 have any questions, or would like to help with planning, please do contact Carolyn: 313-308-0585, 313-580-9822, or csagi@gcfb.org.


Urgent Volunteers Needed!


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

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 and Nutrition Instructor

Cooking Matters for Parents 
*Please note that this class meets twice a week* 
Sep. 13, 2017 – Sep. 28, 2017 
Wednesdays and Thursdays 
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Teen Infant Parenting Service Organization (TIPS) 
1600 Blaine Detroit, MI 48202 
Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor 

Cooking Matters for Adults 
Sep. 14, 2017 – Oct. 19, 2017 
Thursdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Piquette Square 
6221 Brush Street Detroit, MI 48202 
Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor 

Cooking Matters for Adults 
*Spanish speaking volunteers a plus* 
Sep. 15, 2017 – Oct. 20, 2017 
Fridays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Ford Resource and Engagement Center 
2826 Bagley Ave Detroit, MI 48216 
Culinary Instructor and Class Assistant 

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 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 and Nutrition Instructor

For a complete list of upcoming classes, please visit the Cooking Matters Michigan Website at


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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If you haven't got time for a whole class series, please check in with the Cooking Matters Michigan Website to view our "One-Time Volunteers Needed."

Visit the Cooking Matters Website to view the most up-to-date list of One-Time Volunteer opportunities.


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

Contact Carolyn with questions, or to sign up for class:  313-308-0585 (o), 313-580-9822 (c), or csagi@gcfb.org


Put Some Respect on My Plate!

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What do you do when you recognize a growing problem in your community? One young Detroit high school student takes action! Diop Russell, 17, started her own organization Put Some Respect on My Plate to combat childhood obesity and encourage healthy eating in kids and teens.  


What inspired you to start your own organization?

"Growing up, my mom made healthy vegetarian food for us and taught us about eating healthy, but I always took it for granted. In middle school I didn't really like the school food but like a lot of my friends I was 'too cool' for the lunches my mom packed. The Doctors of Tomorrow program at Cass Tech sparked my interest in public health and introduced me to Generation With Promise. Later after reading Chew On This (E. Schlosser & C. Wilson), and getting inspiration from Generation With Promise as a Youth Wellness Ambassador, I wanted to start my own program."


With the support of ANN INC., Diop attended HERLead fellowship training and received guidance and grant funding to make her dream a reality. Put Some Respect on My Plate! started in early 2016. 


The group works with community organizations and as a Cass Tech High School student club to focus on youth-led, peer-to-peer teaching. "I wanted to make our ideas relatable, so I got the idea for our name from the song 'Respek' by Birdman. We like to make some of the workshops hip-hop themed, like our next Hip Hop to Healthy Living where we're going to make healthy wraps, and raps."


Diop is graduating next spring, but she wants to see her organization grow. Her main focus is on engaging teens on social media, through the hashtag #RespectMyPlate, and making videos of all the lessons they teach to upload online. They're also working on a Value Meal menu--a list of healthy foods in metro Detroit that teens can get for under $10. 


What's the main idea you want teens to take away from your program?

"I want to show teens that healthy eating is not only eating a salad, and that healthy eating really can be affordable!"


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Diop Russell, PSRoMP founder


You can follow Diop and Put Some Respect on My Plate on their Facebook page and Youtube channel



The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy Workshop

Megan Radamaker at ANDPP
ANDPP Public Policy Leadership Award presented to Senator Gary Peters

 

This summer, former Cooking Matters Michigan Americorps Megan Radamaker attended the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy Workshop (ANDPP) and met with national Senators and Representatives including those from Michigan districts 13 and 14.  The ANDPP Workshop is an annual event that connects Dietetic and Nutrition experts with congresspersons and their staff.  Topics included advocacy for preventative healthcare and the funding of SNAP, SNAP-ED, and FNEP programs, preventative health care, the farm bill, and the centennial of the ANDPP.

At the Workshop, Megan shared the Cooking Matters success story of a participant named Jeremiah. Jeremiah became an enthusiastic student during his attendance in Cooking Matters for Adults, coming to class each week with a picture of his rendition of the recipe from the previous class. He empowered his family and friends by sharing the skills and knowledge he learned in class. Incredibly, Jeremiah lost nearly 35 pounds over the course of the class!

Jeremiah is one great example of the work we do every day.  Thousands of participants every year enrich their health through the nutrition and culinary knowledge they learn in Cooking Matters. Your time, effort, and support is invaluable, and we thank you for the powerful role you play in helping our neighbors lead a healthy, nourished life!


Working with Kids and Teens

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From developmental stages to training needs to classroom fun, volunteering with Cooking Matters for Kids and Teens provides different rewards and challenges than working with Adults.  This autumn, we will be offering training specifically for

Working with Kids and Teens 
in the Cooking Matters Program.

Topics include:
  • Kids and Teens in Cooking Matters.
  • Developmental Stages.
  • Preventing Problems.
  • Dealing with Behavior Issues.
  • Making it Fun!

Please reach out to Carolyn if you would like to attend, csagi@gcfb.org, 313-308-0585 (o), 313-580-9822 (c).  Your schedule constraints can be taken into consideration if you respond early.  We are still scheduling this session.

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We hope to see you there!


Open Cooking Matters Michigan Volunteer Advisory Committee


Monday, November 13, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gleaners Community Food Bank

The Cooking Matters Michigan Volunteer Advisory Committee at Gleaners Community Food Bank draws on volunteer experience and expertise to strengthen the Cooking Matters program.  The Committee is also an essential part of planning Volunteer Appreciation Events!

The committee is composed of 10 members; three Culinary Instructors, Nutrition Instructors, Classroom Assistants, and one position which rotates among volunteer positions. Advisory Committee members volunteer for one or two years, and meet approximately once every other month. 

On Monday, November 13, 2017, the committee will meet to:
-Review 2017 Progress
-Welcome New Members
-Graduate Members as Alumni
-THANK ALL INVOLVED!

We welcome you to please join us!


Cooking Matters Michigan Website

CM Website 3The new Cooking Matters Michigan website has been live for several weeks now!  This month, we'll be redirecting all traffic from the old blog to the new website.    

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.

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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"THIS IS THE REAL THING!  It's so good!"

-Cooking Matters for Kids Participant, 
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Volunteer Spotlight: Nancy Geik


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Nancy Geik, Registered Dietitian

Tell us a little about yourself. 
I am a newly retired registered dietitian. Most recently, I worked as a healthcare and education segment specialist at Gordon Food Service for 28 years where I helped the sales force and customers meet regulations using delicious and nutritious foods. My favorite part of my job was being able to present programs to many different audiences. I am married to a wonderful man and have 2 grown daughters and 3 grandchildren. 

What led you to the Cooking Matters Program? 
I was looking for a way to give back to the community by sharing with others my passion for eating healthy foods. While having lunch with a friend of mine, I found out she was a nutrition instructor for Cooking Matters. She encouraged me to try it out and it is just what I was hoping I would find! 

What is your favorite part of volunteering with the Cooking Matters Program? 
An unexpected benefit of volunteering has been the relationships I have formed with the Cooking Matters staff and volunteer teams. Working together for 6 weeks with a common goal has been so much fun. We learn from each other and tweak the outline to best fit the group. I look forward to crossing paths with my teammates in future sessions. 

Do you have a favorite moment from a CM class that you would like to share? 
At the beginning of a Kids Class, one fifth grade girl had a scowl on her face when she saw all the vegetables that were going into the recipe they would be making. I asked her what was wrong and she said, “that doesn’t look good to eat!” Well, after the group made the Black Bean and Veggie Quesadilla, she was smiling and said she loved it! She then took a picture of the recipe with her phone so her mom could make it at home. 

What ingredients will we always find in your kitchen? 
Frozen chicken breasts, frozen salmon, canned black beans, canned diced tomatoes, fresh limes, cheese, salsa and almonds. 

What do you like to do in your spare time? 
Take walks, attend exercise classes, cook, read, travel, and best of all- spend time with my 2 daughters and their children. 

Do you have a recipe to share?
 
Black Bean and Rice Salad 
Serves 4 main dish, 6 as a side 
2 cups Black Beans, drained 
2 cups Rice, cooked, white/brown (optional) 
1 ½ cups Corn, thawed, frozen 
1 ½ cups Cherry tomatoes, halved 
½ cup Feta, crumbled 
4 each Scallions, sliced 
¼ cup Cilantro, chopped 
2 Tbsp Olive oil 
4 tsp. Lime juice


Culinary Employment Opportunity!  

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Temporary Full Time 

Assistant Kitchen Manager - Detroit 


The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order 


Meldrum Soup Kitchen is currently seeking an Assistant Kitchen Manager to prepare food and supervise staff, daily volunteers, and community service workers. Base schedule is M-F, 6am-2pm for an indeterminate amount of time (please inquire). 


Essential Duties Include: 

• Prepare breakfast and lunch 

• Observe safe food handling and storage procedures 

• Order inventory / stock 

• Inspect, sort and determine proper use of donated foods 

• Monitor cleanliness and safety of kitchen equipment 

• Communicate maintenance and inventory needs to Kitchen Manager 

• Responsible for some weekend and evening catering events 

• Other Tasks and Duties as assigned 


Qualifications: Associate’s degree in culinary science or 3-4 years equivalent experience. Kitchen Manager experience strongly preferred. Experience in catering and banquets strongly preferred. Experience in baking and pastry making preferred. Must also be Serv-Safe certified. Ability to use Windows-based computers, as well as knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Ability to lift at least 50lbs. 


Please send letter of interest and resume to: employment@thecapuchins.org include “Temp. Assistant Kitchen Manager”in the subject line. 


Or mail to: 

Attention: Human Resources 

Temp. Assistant Kitchen Manager 

The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order 

1820 Mt. Elliott Street 

Detroit, MI 48207


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 attended New Volunteer Orientation and Training:

  • Aashna S. 
  • Akhil V. 
  • Alejandra J. 
  • Alexander S. 
  • Alicia H. 
  • Alison B. 
  • Allison N. 
  • Amanda R. 
  • Andrea W. 
  • Antonia B. 
  • Ashley K. 
  • Bailey R. 
  • Brandon K. 
  • Bryen T. 
  • Chandler B. 
  • Chinthaka A. 
  • Daniel Q. 
  • Danuza Y. 
  • Deliabell H. 
  • Erin C. 
  • Erin S. 
  • Fouad A. 
  • Heaveen A. 
  • Ion John C. 
  • Islam A. 
  • Jamee W. 
  • John M. 
  • Kaitlin C.
  • Kamesha M. 
  • Katherine H. 
  • Katherine N. 
  • Kathleen G. 
  • Keerteshwrya M. 
  • Kristina H. 
  • Kurt W. 
  • Lakshmi N. 
  • Lana A. 
  • Macda G. 
  • Manasi M. 
  • Manik T. 
  • Marolyn V. 
  • Mia M. 
  • Michelle E. 
  • Olivia R. 
  • Ose A. 
  • Patrick B. 
  • Philip A. 
  • Radwa E. 
  • Reem K. 
  • Samantha K. 
  • Samia M. 
  • Sarah G. 
  • Sean O. 
  • Sevan M. 
  • Shaun T. 
  • Shelby F. 
  • Tessa L. 
  • Tom U. 
  • Tracey G. 
  • Vanessa M. 
  • Veronica S. 
  • William J.



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Volunteers Needed

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 

Nutrition Instructor 


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 


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 and Nutrition Instructor 


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 Parents *Please note that this class meets twice a week* 

Sep. 13, 2017 – Sep. 28, 2017 

Wednesdays and Thursdays 

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Teen Infant Parenting Service Organization (TIPS) 

1600 Blaine 

Detroit, MI 48202 

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

Sep. 14, 2017 – Oct. 19, 2017 

Thursdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Piquette Square 

6221 Brush Street 

Detroit, MI 48202 

Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor 


Cooking Matters for Adults

*Spanish speaking volunteers a plus* 

Sep. 15, 2017 – Oct. 20, 2017 

Fridays 

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Ford Resource and Engagement Center 

2826 Bagley Ave 

Detroit, MI 48216 

Culinary 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 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 and Nutrition Instructor 


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 


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 Classroom Assistant 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

Oct. 9, 2017 – Nov. 13, 2017 

Mondays 

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Covenant Community Care First United Methodist Church 

320 W. 7th St. 

Royal Oak, MI 48067 Culinary Instructor and Class Assistant 


Cooking Matters for Child Care Providers Oct. 28, 2017 – Nov. 4, 2017 

Saturdays 

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. *Includes a 1-hour lunch break* 

Gleaners Community Food Bank Kitchen 

2131 Beaufait 

Detroit, MI 48212 

Class Assistant 


Cooking Matters for Adults 

Nov. 1, 2017 – Dec. 6, 2017 

Wednesdays 

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

St. John Providence Southfield Wellness Center 

15990 W. 9 Mile Southfield, MI 48075 Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Instructor


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
Cell: (313) 580-9822
Email: csagi@gcfb.org