Cooking Matters® Nutrition Education

Since 1993, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters® is a national program that empowers families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals. With the help of volunteer culinary and nutrition experts, course participants learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare the meals in ways that provide the best nourishment possible to their families.

A nutrition education program that fights hunger by teaching families how to make healthy food choices on a budget! Based on the USDA MyPlate, the Cooking Matters® curriculum teaches healthy eating habits, cooking skills, shopping, budgeting, and food safety. Each class recipe is built around incorporating various food groups into one’s diet. Cooking Matters® provides recipes, books, and handouts as well as a bag of groceries containing the ingredients of the day’s lesson to adult participants. This allows them to practice their new skills with their families. Learn more about this program by visiting Cooking Matters and by watching this YouTube Video.

A nutrition education program that fights hunger
by teaching families how to make healthy food choices
on a budget!

CLASS SCHEDULE

The following classes are open for enrollment. For more information or to enroll, contact us at 616.855.9648.

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Public Library
111 Library Street Northeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
February 9 – March 16

 

David D. Hunting YMCA
475 Lake Michigan Drive, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Mondays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
April 6 – May 16

Muskegon

New classes will be posted soon!

Here’s How to Get Involved

Host a Cooking Matters™
At Your:

  • Agency
  • Church
  • Community Center
  • School

 Support The Program…

  • Help secure monetary donation to purchase class supplies and food
  • Donate cooking supplies

Volunteer…

We are looking for volunteers to partner with us to teach these classes.

  • Chefs
  • Individuals with extensive
    cooking experience

All volunteers must fill out our volunteer form.


If you are interested in learning more, please send an email to communityoutreach@grymca.org or call us at 616.855.9648.