Cooking Matters Colorado Receives $10,000 Community Foundation Greeley and Weld County Grant to Fight Childhood Hunger
WELD COUNTY, CO –June 2018 – Cooking Matters Colorado has received a $10,000 Howard E. Smith Family Collaboration grant from The Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County to meet the food skills education needs of county residents. Kelleen Zubick, Colorado Director of Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters campaign shared, “There is enough food in Colorado to feed our children, yet education remains a key barrier, not only in teaching people the importance of healthy eating, but in giving them the tools to do so in a cost-effective manner. In Weld County, 1 in 5 people and 1 in 4 children are hungry. Our programming instills healthy eating habits early on, which can have positive impacts on a child’s entire life.”
The core goal of the Cooking Matters Weld County collaboration is to create more access to healthy food. In the hands-on, six-week courses, volunteer chefs and nutritionists 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 are also conducted in community settings like food pantries and farmers markets. By reaching a broad audience of community members, Weld County will become a healthier community for all its residents.
Chefs, nutrition educators, and other community members volunteer at least 12 hours over 6 weeks to teach courses where they share expertise and empower families to get more from their food resources. 15-20 local volunteers in Weld County will support and help maintain the growing program as a part of a larger statewide network of over 600 volunteers. To learn more about Cooking Matters Colorado and its resources to combat childhood hunger, visit co.cookingmatters.org. For information about the Howard E. Smith Family Collaboration grant program visit cfsgwc.org/.