For over two decades, Cooking Matters Colorado has empowered families with the skills to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals so their children get nutritious food at home.
Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Colorado provides direct education to parents and caregivers of kids ages 0-5, increases awareness and advocacy of childhood hunger issues, and partners with organizations throughout the state to influence larger policies, food systems and environments to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Cooking Matters Colorado teaches participants to shop smarter by using nutrition information to make healthier choices as well as how to cook delicious, affordable meals.
We offer a suite of programming, offered at no cost to our participants. All are intended to reach families and caregivers of kids ages 0-5 at places that are convenient and familiar to them. Courses range from six-week classes to one-time events in grocery stores or around the community in settings like Farmers Markets.
Policy, Systems and Environment
Cooking Matters Colorado leverages our direct education model to influence larger policies, food systems, and food environments to encourage healthy eating at a community-wide level. Through initiatives like the Double Up Food Bucks, Local Health Champion and partnering with food retailers, we are increasing access to healthy foods easier, making shopping and eating healthy easier.
We are committed ensuring low-income families and children connect to the healthy foods they need. Federal programs close the gap between kids who have enough to eat and those who don’t.
Research shows that hunger impacts kids’ physical health, academic achievement, and graduation rates.
By supporting policies that protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or “food stamps”), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC), free school breakfasts, afterschool meals and summer meals, we are ending childhood hunger in Colorado.