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 nutrition instructors will serve as teacher and role models, teaching key skills and inspiring participants to cook healthier, inexpensive meals at home.
- Teach low-income participants nutrition education activities such as shopping on a budget, food groups, nutrition labels, and making healthy choices and substitutions when cooking, according to the highlighted objectives of each lesson.
- Choose recipes that demonstrate key nutrition, food budgeting, and food preparation lessons each week.
- Facilitate class discussions on each cooking or food safety message, 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 or volunteer, please contact:Jeff Milner Chef/Program Coordinator