Cooking Matters Colorado Receives $7,500 Anschutz Family Foundation Grant to Fight Childhood Hunger
DENVER, CO –June 8,2018 – Cooking Matters Colorado received a $7,500 grant from the Anschutz Family Foundation for building their capacity to meet the food skill education needs of Colorado residents, specifically in rural counties. The grant focuses on communities with high rates of food-insecurity, including Adams, Alamosa, Baca, Bent, Crowley, Conejos, Costilla, Delta, Denver, Eagle, Fremont, Garfield, Grand, Huerfano, Jackson, La Plata, Larimer, Las Animas, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Saguache, and Weld Counties.
“Together with the Anschutz Family Foundation, we will empower over 10,000 Colorado families with food skills education over the next year. These families learn how to shop for and prepare healthy, homemade meals on a budget of $10/day. With their generous support, our team and volunteers will teach parents and caregivers how to prepare nutritious meals, creating strong kids for a strong future,” said Kelleen Zubick, Colorado Director of Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program.
The Anschutz Family Foundation supports Colorado nonprofit organizations that ‘assist people to help themselves while nurturing and preserving their self-respect.’ Funding from the Foundation will help Cooking Matters Colorado play an essential role in helping low-incomefamilies improve their self-sufficiency and increase overall food security, while broadening direct access to healthy food.
In the hands-on, six-week courses, volunteer chefs and nutritionists will teach budgeting, nutrition, shopping, and meal prep, with recipes designed for a family of four with a $10/day budget and basic equipment. Recognizing the challenges for low income populations to reach grocery stores in rural areas and in urban food deserts, the one-time shopping and budgeting Cooking Matters at the Store tours will also be conducted in community settings, and/or food pantries and farmers markets with SNAP card capacity.
A Denver-based Cooking Matters participant added, “We are thankful to Cooking Matters for worrying about our children and their nutrition!” Chefs, nutrition educators, and community members will volunteer to teach courses, where they will continue to share their expertise with families in need and empower them to get more from their food resources. To learn more about Cooking Matters Colorado and its resources to combat childhood hunger, and to volunteer, visit co.cookingmatters.org. For information about the Anschutz Family Foundation, visit anschutzfamilyfoundation.org/.