Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Colorado empowers low-income families with the skills to stretch their food budgets so their children get healthy meals at home.
We partner with community organizations and volunteer culinary and nutrition instructors to offer six-week cooking courses, one-time grocery store tours and childcare professionals trainings to families across Colorado. Our participants are a diverse population of low-income families, many of whom are enrolled in federal assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Through Cooking Matters programming, participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals. We envision a future in which all Colorado children have the nutritious foods they need to grow, learn, and thrive, and all parents and caregivers have the knowledge and skills to prepare delicious, balanced meals.
Cooking Matters is key to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. Learn more at NoKidHungry.org
Cooking Matters Guiding Principles:
Cooking Matters was created and continues to be offered in accordance with these principles.
1. The negative health and economic effects of hunger and poor diet can be avoided if families know how to shop for and prepare healthy, low-cost meals.
2. Chefs - and other food and nutrition experts - are valued instructors because of their expertise in food preparation and budgeting as well as their creativity and energy.
3. Food is to be enjoyed. Those living on a low income deserve to enjoy their food as well - and need to know how to create food that is delicious, satisfying, and healthy.
4. Cooking and eating meals as a family is an important social activity.
5. Volunteering, or sharing our strengths, is a way to create community wealth.
Cooking Matters also partners nationally with AmeriCorps to engage members in a year of service, and further achieve our mission of ending childhood hunger.
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 21,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 980,000 Americans have provided more than 1.3 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps.
AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.