Cooking Matters

Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters is a groundbreaking nutrition education program that connects families with food by teaching them how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget.

Gleaners Community Food Bank — our local Cooking Matters partner — seeks volunteers who have experience in cooking and/or nutrition to lead these classes. The classes meet weekly over the course of six weeks for two hours. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Culinary Instructors teach adults, kids and teens how to cook and shop for healthy, low-cost foods. They combine their own knowledge and experience with the lesson plans and recipes provided in the Cooking Matters curricula. Culinary volunteers are usually either graduates of or enrolled in a two-year culinary training program, or have at least two years experience working as a cook or chef.

Nutrition Instructors teach adults, kids and teens how to make healthy choices. They use the lesson plans and instructional materials provided in the Cooking Matters curricula along with their own expertise. Nutrition volunteers are typically graduates of or enrolled in dietetics programs, or have at least two years experience working in a nutrition or dietetics position.

Cooking Course Assistants help before, during and after classes. Duties may include shopping for food, handing out and collecting class materials, engaging reluctant participants, helping with set up and clean up, taking photos, or collecting stories during class to help record the Cooking Matters course experience.

To register for one of these volunteer positions, complete the form below.