For over two decades, Cooking Matters Massachusetts has empowered families with the skills to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals so their children get nutritious food at home.
As one of Share Our Strength’s campaigns to end childhood hunger in America, we teach participants to shop smarter by using nutrition information to make healthier choices as well as how to cook delicious, affordable meals.
We reach families through three types of programming, offered at no cost to our participants:
Cooking Matters hands-on courses empower families with the skills to be self-sufficient in the kitchen. Courses meet for two hours, once a week for six weeks and are team-taught by a volunteer culinary and nutrition educator. Participants practice fundamental food skills including proper knife techniques, reading ingredient labels, and making healthy meals on a $10 budget.
Cooking Matters at the Store tours provide families with hands-on education as they shop for food, giving them skills to compare foods for cost and nutrition. Participants learn how to plan and budget for healthy, affordable, and delicious meals for their families.
In order to serve even more families across the country, the Cooking Matters campaign offers free educational tools that build on the proven success of our six-week cooking courses and grocery store tours. They are available for any individual to download and use in their community.