Five years ago, I was searching for a volunteer opportunity to enrich my life. I typed “cooking” and “nutrition” into a volunteer search engine and up popped Share Our Strength and their No Kid Hungry campaign. It looked to be a perfect fit for me– teaching families how to cook healthy, economical meals through their Cooking Matters program. After an informative training session, I was hooked. I saw this focused and extremely well-managed organization giving me an opportunity to help others while doing something I truly enjoy. Five years and 15 Cooking Matters courses later, I am still as enamored as day one (if not more so).
I thoroughly enjoyed spreading the word about Share Our Strength, the No Kid Hungry Campaign and Cooking Matters at a recent gathering for friends and neighbors. Share Our Strength staff members Alicia McCabe and Emily Ryan discussed the organization while Chef Tony Maws gave a terrific cooking demonstration that helped solidify the message. When someone asks me what I like about Cooking Matters I can easily say that I never tire of the wondrous discovery that the well thought-out curriculum and hands-on approach brings to each participant. Watching them develop both their cooking skills and nutritional knowledge, along with their ah-ha moments, brings me total fulfillment. Participants express such appreciation at the end of their courses, it would be hard for me not to continue to volunteer. While many in attendance that evening already knew of my involvement, I am so happy they saw first-hand what a strong, impassioned and effective organization Share Our Strength is.