For over two decades, Cooking Matters Colorado has empowered families with the skills to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals so their children get nutritious food at home.
As a part of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America, we teach participants to shop smarter by using nutrition information to make healthier choices as well as how to cook delicious, affordable meals.
We offer a suite of programming, offered at no cost to our participants. All are intended to reach families at places that are convenient and familiar to them.
Cooking Matters' hands-on courses empower families with the skills to be self-sufficient in the kitchen. Courses meet for two hours, once a week for six weeks and are team-taught by a volunteer culinary and nutrition educator. Participants practice fundamental food skills including proper knife techniques, reading ingredient labels, and making healthy meals on a $10 budget. Other support volunteers, such as class assistants, are key to ensuring smooth delivery of our program.
Cooking Matters at the Store tours provide families with hands-on education as they shop for food, giving them skills to compare foods for cost and nutrition. Participants learn how to plan and budget for healthy, affordable, and delicious meals for their families.
Childcare Professionals Trainings
Childcare professionals learn healthy meal preparation, food safety and how to help children try new foods. Participants learn to create a positive food environment for the kids in their care.
In order to serve even more families across the country, Share Our Strength offers free educational tools that build on the proven success of our six-week cooking courses and grocery store tours. They are available for any individual to download and use in their community.
Resources, handouts, and videos available to anyone on topics such as: tips for using herbs and spices, reducing food waste, kid-friendly snack ideas, and ways to make over favorite (though sometimes less healthy) family meals.