Constellation Philanthropy awards Cooking Matters Colorado $100,000 to Fund Programming for Refugee Community
DENVER, CO – (May 2020) Constellation Philanthropy has awarded $100,000 to Cooking Matters Colorado (CMCO) to develop and administer culturally-appropriate version of Cooking Matters at the Store for WIC clientele from refugee and immigrant populations (CMATS-WIC for Refugees).
There are four goals for this funding period with the following outputs:
1) Develop a culturally appropriate version of CMATS-WIC for Refugees curriculum informed by and developed in partnership with the refugee and immigrant population.
2) Establish a new Community Food Skills Navigator program, create a Navigator training process and develop materials for the implementation of CMATS-WIC for Refugees.
3) Reach 400 participants with the newly developed, culturally appropriate CMATS-WIC for Refugees curriculum and evaluate outcomes.
4) Provide cultural competency training for all Cooking Matters Colorado staff and volunteers working with refugee and immigrant populations.
Though eligible and often even enrolled, barriers such as language and transportation prevent refugees from accessing WIC, leading to underutilized benefits and limited to no access to available food resources and nutrition education. With Constellation Philanthropy’s generous support, CMCO will employ 4 Community Food Skills Navigators specialized in both the CMCO and WIC programs and provide grocery store tours tailored to the refugee population. Tours will be presented by members of the refugee and immigrant communities in their native tongue. Leveraging WIC’s expertise and CMCO’s track record of positive behavior outcomes, this creates a win-win solution for all parties: WIC, CMCO and most importantly, the growing community of refugee WIC clients.
Support from Constellation Philanthropy will not only address a gap in training WIC educators to provide culturally appropriate tours, but will also to create a pipeline of community-based navigators to lay the foundation for replication in other areas.
About Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters 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 is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Cooking Matters empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets, so their children get healthy meals at home. Participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals. Cooking Matters courses and tours equip families with the skills they need to stretch their food dollars and put healthy meals on the table for their families.