Colorado Health Foundation Awards $2.25 Million to Cooking Matters Colorado
Program to create access to nutritious food and offer nutrition education for at-risk families throughout Colorado
DENVER, CO – (June 2017) The Colorado Health Foundation approved a two-year grant in the amount of $2.25 million for Share Our Strength Colorado to offer nutrition and food skills access and education to adults, parents, and caregivers through the Cooking Matters Colorado Program (CMCO). Founded in 1993, Cooking Matters Colorado (CMCO) is ending childhood hunger by providing food skills education to adults affecting the eating habits of low-income children inside the home and out. CMCO has helped meet the basic need of hunger while strengthening the physical and financial health over 100,000 Colorado families through food skills and nutrition education.
In the first year of the grant, Share Our Strength Colorado will serve over 10,000 low-income participants with Cooking Matters programming, of which half are moms or caregivers of children birth to five. Other goals include:
1) Increasing “Train-the-Trainer” led programming to meet the needs of local demographics. This group is comprised of self-sustaining partners who are trained and given resources needed to coordinate their own courses with remote support and technical assistance
2) Reaching 5,000 low-income families through the new Cooking Matters App focused on healthy, affordable recipes, menu-planning, and budgeting
3) Engaging 100 new volunteers to support and facilitate Cooking Matters programming as part of a broader network of 700 annual volunteers statewide
4) Offering nutrition education as part of the Double Up Food Bucks healthy food incentive program at select farmers’ markets and grocery stores; and
5) Launching the Healthy Checkout pilot focused on the grocery retail aspect of fresh food purchases among SNAP and WIC users
During the second year, CMCO expects to reach another 10,000 Coloradans. Through nutrition education and food budgeting courses, CMCO will continue playing an essential role in helping low-income families improve self-sufficiency and ultimately reduce the number of young children at-risk of hunger. Research shows that improved nutrition and health outcomes correlate with increased school attendance, graduation rates, and economic opportunities. Providing consistent nutrition and food skills education to parents and childcare providers also leads kids to develop healthy, lifelong eating habits.
Together, Cooking Matters Colorado and the Colorado Health Foundation will transform young lives through greater access to healthy food and increased food security.
About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 6 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. Chefs Up Front proceeds will help the Colorado team exceed their goal to reach 12,000 of Colorado’s most vulnerable families annually in 55 of Colorado’s 64 counties.
Contact: Liz Kohn, Development Manager
Share Our Strength Colorado
303.548.4159 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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