Cooking Matters courses are designed as hands-on, interactive lessons.
Cooking Matters Colorado collaborates with community-based organizations like Head Start centers, food pantries, and health clinics to reach families in comfortable and accessible settings. In addition to recruiting course participants, our community partners provide kitchen and classroom space, as well as interpreters and childcare if needed. A Cooking Matters Colorado coordinator serves as the liaison to the community partner and brings all cooking supplies, ingredients, and class materials to the site. Cooking Matters also recruits and trains volunteer instructors for each course. Volunteer instructors share their knowledge and experience in the culinary and nutrition fields, teaching course participants skills ranging from knife techniques to choosing healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables at the grocery store. Engaging volunteers keeps program administration costs down and builds community wealth by providing an opportunity for volunteers to take action against hunger.
By initiating discussions and introducing activities that build upon participants’ own experiences, instructors create effective learning opportunities. Course participants build confidence in their new skills through active class participation, enabling positive behavior changes in daily life. Classmates also help one another by sharing feedback on each other’s progress. Participants receive ingredients to practice making the class recipes at home, reinforcing nutrition messages and cooking techniques. By using what they learn in class at home, Cooking Matters graduates maximize their food resources, make healthier choices for their families, and prepare balanced, delicious meals. Because proper nutrition is critical for children’s health, development, and ability to learn, acquiring these skills can return important long-term benefits for a family’s physical and economic well-being.
Cooking Matters offers four specialized course curricula:
Cooking Matters for Parents teaches parents how to prepare and shop sensibly for meals on a limited budget while empowering them to raise healthy eaters. Available in English and Spanish.
Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals teaches in-home and center-based child care professionals to prepare nutritious meals on a budget and create a positive meal environment for the kids in their care. Offered as a one-day course, two half days, or as a series. Available in English and Spanish.
- To register for a course, visit our registration page.
- Para inscribirse al curso, viste nuestro página de inscripción.
Cooking Matters for Adults teaches adults how to prepare and shop sensibly for meals on a limited budget. Available in English and Spanish.
Cooking Matters for Families (7-week course) teaches parents and their children (ages 6-12) about healthy eating as a family and the importance of working together to plan and prepare healthy meals on a budget. Includes Cooking Matters at the Store tour during the 6th week of the series. Available in English and Spanish.
Each Cooking Matters course teaches families important lessons about self-sufficiency in the kitchen. Participants practice fundamental lessons including knife skills, reading ingredient labels, and making a healthy meal for a family of four on a $10 budget. All participants receive take-home materials, and participants in the Adults, Parents, and Families courses take home a bag of groceries after each class to practice the recipe and skills learned that day.
If you are interested in hosting a Cooking Matters programming, please fill out our partner agency application.
If you are interested in taking a Cooking Matters course, please contact Sara Diedrich at (303) 801-0325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Si se interesa participar en un curso, contacte a Sara Diedrich a (303) 801-0325 o email@example.com.