Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Colorado empowers low-income parents and caregivers of kids ages 0-5 to stretch their food budgets so their children get healthy meals at home.
Since 1994, Cooking Matters Colorado has reached over 100,000 families with our nationally-recognized food skills and nutrition education program. 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 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.
The No Kid Hungry campaign
No child should grow up hungry in America, but 1 in 6 children across the U.S. and here in Colorado struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America through awareness, advocacy and connecting families with food by expanding access to federal programs and increasing free meals. Together, Cooking Matters Colorado and No Kid Hungry are working to end childhood hunger across Colorado.