Cooking Matters at the Store is a free, interactive educational experience that teaches low-income adults how to get the most nutrition for their food dollars.
Cooking Matters at the Store teaches adults how to get the most nutrition for their food dollars by engaging them to practice food shopping skills to make healthy and affordable choices at the supermarket.
During the tour, participants practice:
- Buying fruits and vegetables on a budget
- Comparing unit prices
- Reading food labels
- Identifying whole grain foods.
Participants take home a booklet with recipes and shopping tips, a reusable grocery bag, and a $10 gift card. All tours are available in English and Spanish, and in different models to fit the needs of the community:
Guided Tours: One-time, 60-90 minute tour for groups of 8-15 participants, ending with a $10 Challenge, an activity where participants practice the skills they’ve just learned to buy a healthy meal for a family of four, for under $10. Guided tours are typically offered in grocery stores.
Pop Up Tours: On-site, presentation with visuals for groups under 40 participants who are not able to go to the grocery store, led by 1-2 tour leaders. Optional $10 Challenge available. Length of tours can be accommodated. Examples of groups can include food pantry clients, fitness classes, diabetes education groups, or groups facing transportation and/or childcare barriers.
Station-Model Events: Available in grocery stores or on-site at community agencies as a "pop-up" event for groups of 40+ participants, led by 2-4 facilitators and a team of volunteers. Participants receive a passport and visit 4 nutrition education stations at their own pace. Various event durations may be accommodated.
Tours are led by trained facilitators and assistants - either staff or volunteer - often in collaboration with a community partner that serves families and helps recruit participants. Any community member can be trained to lead tours.
There are a variety of ways that you can help us reach more families
As a tour leader, you can lead tours in your community and across the state.
As a community partner, you can host tours by recruiting participants and/or have organization staff trained to lead tours.
As a supporter, you can help participants practice buying healthy ingredients on a budget through the tour’s $10 Challenge Activity by donating gift cards or organizing/hosting a gift card drive.