Our Stories

Chef Steve Dunn

When Massachusetts-based chef Steve Dunn began scouting about for volunteer opportunities a couple years back, he never dreamed that he’d find such a perfect fit in Cooking Matters.

Cooking Matters Bridges Cultures

“The food and the learning (and the sense of community) brought them together.”

 -Benjamin Brennan, Food for Families Coordinator, MGH Chelsea

New Traditions

Maria had completely given up on cooking.  No matter what, her daughter just wouldn’t try new foods.

Maria's Story

As a single mom, Maria doesn’t have much time to cook when she returns home from work exhausted, nor does she really want to spend more time cooking after a long workday of frying and mixing.

Annette's Story

“Remember the plate!” Annette’s 10-year-old daughter tells her as they travel through the grocery store. Her daughter is referencing the USDA’s “My Plate,” a guide for healthy eating.

Four Volunteers Making a Difference

This June, several of our dedicated Cooking Matters Massachusetts volunteers, Phyll, Rachel, Steve, and Karen, were recognized for their amazing work at Share Our Strength’s annual Conference of Leaders.

Winning at the Grocery Store

Nancy’s lack of culinary expertise didn’t go unnoticed by her five-year-old son. He used to say, “Mommy can’t cook.” The truth was that Nancy opted for fast food take-out because it was easy and inexpensive.

Mirta's Story

When Mirta saw a flier at Lawrence Community Connections advertising a two-part Cooking Matters workshop she immediately signed herself up because she wanted to learn how to cook healthy and affordable meals for herself and her family.

Kerri's Motivation

Cameron is four, loves the New England Patriots' quarterback “Terrific Tommy”, and won't touch a vegetable once it's been cooked. His one year old brother, Colby, likes to ‘play’ hockey with his mini hockey stick, and will eat anything. Their mom, Kerri, adores her two boys but has always hated cooking. . . until recently.

Tahlia's Story

Tahlia is a single mother of a three-year old daughter. Like many of us, Tahlia’s weakness is Dunkin’ Donuts and chocolate, and, also like many of us, she regularly eats on the go and doesn’t always make the healthiest choices. She signed up for Cooking Matters eager to learn. As a result of taking Cooking Matters she is far more conscious of her food choices.

Our Stories

Chef Steve Dunn

When Massachusetts-based chef Steve Dunn began scouting about for volunteer opportunities a couple years back, he never dreamed that he’d find such a perfect fit in Cooking Matters.

Cooking Matters Bridges Cultures

“The food and the learning (and the sense of community) brought them together.”

 -Benjamin Brennan, Food for Families Coordinator, MGH Chelsea

New Traditions

Maria had completely given up on cooking.  No matter what, her daughter just wouldn’t try new foods.

Maria's Story

As a single mom, Maria doesn’t have much time to cook when she returns home from work exhausted, nor does she really want to spend more time cooking after a long workday of frying and mixing.

Annette's Story

“Remember the plate!” Annette’s 10-year-old daughter tells her as they travel through the grocery store. Her daughter is referencing the USDA’s “My Plate,” a guide for healthy eating.

Four Volunteers Making a Difference

This June, several of our dedicated Cooking Matters Massachusetts volunteers, Phyll, Rachel, Steve, and Karen, were recognized for their amazing work at Share Our Strength’s annual Conference of Leaders.

Winning at the Grocery Store

Nancy’s lack of culinary expertise didn’t go unnoticed by her five-year-old son. He used to say, “Mommy can’t cook.” The truth was that Nancy opted for fast food take-out because it was easy and inexpensive.

Mirta's Story

When Mirta saw a flier at Lawrence Community Connections advertising a two-part Cooking Matters workshop she immediately signed herself up because she wanted to learn how to cook healthy and affordable meals for herself and her family.

Kerri's Motivation

Cameron is four, loves the New England Patriots' quarterback “Terrific Tommy”, and won't touch a vegetable once it's been cooked. His one year old brother, Colby, likes to ‘play’ hockey with his mini hockey stick, and will eat anything. Their mom, Kerri, adores her two boys but has always hated cooking. . . until recently.

Tahlia's Story

Tahlia is a single mother of a three-year old daughter. Like many of us, Tahlia’s weakness is Dunkin’ Donuts and chocolate, and, also like many of us, she regularly eats on the go and doesn’t always make the healthiest choices. She signed up for Cooking Matters eager to learn. As a result of taking Cooking Matters she is far more conscious of her food choices.

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