Cooking Matters Volunteer Roles
Cooking Matters is a cooking-based nutrition education course designed to teach low-income families how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget. Chefs and nutrition educators volunteer their time and expertise to lead hands-on courses that show adults, teens, and kids how to purchase and prepare nutritious foods in healthy safe, and tasty ways. This can mean the difference between feeding families for just one night and making sure they have the knowledge, skills, and resources to prepare healthy meals for a lifetime.
- At least 1 hour for training and orientation to Cooking Matters.
- At least 4 hours per week for lesson preparation, travel time, class time, set-up and clean-up.
- Must commit to all six weeks of the course!
The chef instructors will serve as teachers and role models, teaching key skills and inspiring participants to cook healthier, inexpensive meals at home.
- Teach low-income participants food safety and sanitation, knife safety, recipe modification, cooking terminology, and preparing recipes.
- Choose recipes that demonstrate key nutrition, food budgeting, and food preparation lessons each week.
- Facilitate class discussions allowing participants to brainstorm how they might put new behaviors into action, discuss barriers to adopting new behaviors, and share ideas with their peers for overcoming barriers.
- Select and implement hands-on activities that allow participants to practice key skills and feel comfortable implementing new healthy behaviors.
To learn more about this volunteer opportunity please contact:Jeff Milner Cheff/Program Coordinator