[Soo Evening News] — Sault Ste. Marie — More than 70 shoppers in Chippewa County have learned new skills for buying healthy food on a limited budget in the last 18 months, during a series of educational grocery shopping tours held in grocery stores.
[Novi Patch] — Gleaners chef instructor Ina Cheatem often teaches single mothers and people on food stamps how to cook healthy meals on a budget.
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[Denver Post] — What happens when you put 32 chefs, 10 bartenders and 320 guests in a nice event space? If you’re talking Chefs Up Front — and we are — there’s lots to eat, lots to drink and lots of money raised for Cooking Matters, a program that teaches low-income Coloradans how to prepare nutritious meals on a budget.
[WHEC-News10] – Some Rochester area families learned how to stretch their family food budget and find healthy foods on Tuesday. The event was part of a joint effort from the Foodlink’s Cooking Matters’ team and the Greater Rochester Health Foundation’s 5-2-1-0 campaign.
Foster’s Daily Democrat: The Somersworth Youth Connection, an after school program for middle school students will be learning hands on how to eat healthy on a budget under the direction of Cooking Matters. Growing to serve more than 17,000 families nation wide, Cooking Matters is an organization that strives to empower families with the skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare healthy affordable meals.
We were thrilled to have our Cooking Matters program profiled on NBC Nightly News on Saturday, January 26 in the show’s “Making a Difference” segment. If you missed it, you can watch it here. NBC also posted a longer clip on its website, available here.
“Shopping for healthful food on a budget” NEW YORK — Three adults squatted in the cereal aisle of the Key Foods grocery store in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Each had plucked a different kind of oatmeal from one of the lower shelves. They were trying to determine which was the most healthful and the most affordable. Read the full article here.
John Rex Endowment-The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (IFFS) offers Cooking Matters, a national nutrition education course that was featured on NBC Nightly News. Local classes, which are offered to children, families and child care professionals, use nationally developed curricula to teach low-income families how to purchase and prepare healthy foods.
Irontron Tribune-Kristin Wheatley painstakingly grates a carrot against the small side of the square stainless-steel grater. The caution is not so much to ensure the evenness of the carrot, but because scraped knuckles can hurt.
Denver Post- Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters teaches families how to prepare healthy, affordable meals. To raise funds for the program, Chefs Up Front offers diners and donors the chance to watch 30 of the state’s top chefs demonstrate how to make rich and expensive meals.
“It’s really delightful and the food is amazing. The chefs are so engaging, literally cooking right in front of you,” says Kathy Underhill, executive director of the nonprofit Hunger Free Colorado. We were discussing the film “A Place at the Table” and the myriad ways people can help to address hunger, an issue she calls “a completely solvable problem.”
TakePart-It was Marion Nestle’s book What To Eat that nudged Mary Pittaway and the staff at the Missoula City-County Health Department in Montana to begin holding nutrition classes at the local supermarket five years ago.
The Morning Sun-Standing at the counter in the kitchen on the third floor of the Isabella County Building, Denise Carroll used a box grater to reduce three small carrots to tiny shreds. Carroll, of Mt. Pleasant, used to be a “meat eater.” She cooked a lot of meat dishes and soups, but now that she’s raising two young grandchildren and taking care of her mother, she wanted to make more healthy dishes.
The Roanoke Times-On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, a diverse group of 11 TAP (Total Action for Progress) Head-Start parents and volunteers congregated at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salem for class one of “Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters” class. The goal of these classes is to bestow a set of cooking skills which will help participants learn about, plan, shop for, and prepare economical, nutritionally balanced meals.
CHAPMANVILLE, WV – The Logan County Diabetes Coalition will be at the Town and County Grocery on Tuesday, February 12 at 1:30 p.m.
The coalition will conduct a supermarket tour to show area families how to make healthy choices at the store on a limited budget. During the tour, dubbed Shopping Matters for Adults, participants will get plenty of hands-on practice as they learn how to compare unit prices, purchase fruits and vegetables on a budget, compare food labels, and pick out whole grains. Read more here.
For the past seven weeks, middle school students who participated in the Rockland After School Alliance (RASA) program Cooking Matters have been cooking up a storm.Each week, the participants worked with Chef Nancy Wood to create delicious healthy meals and learn food preparation, safety and cooking vocabulary.
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ONTARIO, OR-There are extra spots available in the Cooking Matters class from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 22 through Feb. 26 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 842 Alameda, Ontario. This is a six week course geared toward healthy eating for diabetics, but is applicable to anyone who would like to take the class in general. Read more here.
OMAHA-A program new to Lincoln seeks to alleviate the problem of wasting food and money by helping customers shop on a budget and pick out the healthiest foods for their diets.
On Saturday morning, 11 adults gathered at the Hy-Vee on 84th and Holdrege streets to give the free Shopping Matters program a shot. Each received a recyclable shopping bag, a booklet of nutritional information, a calculator and a $10 gift card. Read more here.
OMAHA-Grocery shopping on a budget can be tough, especially when you’re trying to eat healthy, so one grocery store in Omaha is trying to make it easier for you. Hy-Vee held several Shopping Matters Grocery Tours on Saturday. Read more here.
LITTLE ROCK-Continuing the tradition of service the First Family began four years ago, inauguration weekend will begin with a National Day of Service honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service events will be going on Saturday, January 19th in all 50 states, and Arkansas is no exception. In partnership with this national effort, Share Our Strength’s Shopping Matters training tours will be offered free of charge. Read more here.
DENVER – ‘Tis the season for gatherings with family and friends – and that often means lots of food and drink. But for Colorado families living on a budget, the holiday extravagance can be a financial challenge. Read more here.
Cooking Matters, part of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, recently taught its 100,000th participant, empowering each person who attends the course to stretch their food budget and cook healthy meals. Read more here.
Lincoln Middle School held its first “Cooking Matters for Teens” course this fall. Twelve Lincoln students learned about nutrition and prepared many healthy foods. Read more here.
Ethical Foods: As part of the campaign, a program called Cooking Matters has been established to teach low-income families shopping strategies that allow them to cook nutritious, homemade meals for their family within the confines of their budget. Read more here
CourierNews: How to buy nutritional food on a budget is the idea behind Shopping Matters, a new program in Russellville. Shopping Matters is a free grocery store tour, led by trained facilitators from the community at local stores. Read more here.
The Morning Call – Cooking Matters Lead Partner, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley discusses how to make healthy, affordable meals. “You can make a healthy meal for your family that costs less than the dollar menu.” Read more here.
Shop Smart Mag - Sandra Gordon of Shop Smart Magazine attends a Shopping Matters tour and learns more about how to stretch her food dollar further with some helpful tips from Cooking Matters Colorado’s Megan Bradley. Read more here.
Food & Nutrition Magazine – Laura Sugarwala of Cooking Matters Lead Partner, Foodlink, is featured as a Hunger Heroe for her work. ““We all work very hard to feed people—and feed them well,” says Sugarwala of her fellow Foodlink teammates. “I’m so thankful to have found a profession where everyone values this commitment.” Read more here.
National Public Radio – According to the new USDA study “Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive? It Depends on How You Measure the Price” buying healthy foods can be the most affordable option. Cooking Matters Program Development Manager Laura Seman demonstrates how to get the most for your money with NPR’s Allison Aubrey. Listen to the full story here.
MPRNews – Cooking Matters and University of Minnesota Extension are featured in this MPR News piece. Cooking Matters coordinator CeAnn Klug noted: “What we’re doing is not only showing them how to cook, but also [how to use] ingredients … and really knowing how to work with them,” Read more here!
The Leader – Students in a Cooking Matters class pick up great habits: “One of the (participating) girls said she didn’t want to go to [get fast food] after this, she wanted to eat what they made here because it tastes better,” Eccles said. “That’s the whole idea of this program – getting them to make healthy choices.” Read more here.
The New York Times – “It is exciting to learn that home cooking plays a larger role in the U.S. than we might have expected, and even more so to imagine and pursue the ways to make it easier and more popular than ever.” Read more here.
The Atlantic – It’s Dinnertime, a new report by Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, is featured in this peice that examines the obstacles to healthy meals, like planning skills, time and, yes, price. Read more here.
CBS Atlanta – Low-income American families are cooking dinner at home most nights but are struggling to make healthy meals, according to a new study released today from Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters® with support from the ConAgra Foods® Foundation. Read more here.
WABI 5 – Good Shepherd Food Bank and Cooking Matters are featured for a class geared towards seniors. “The recognition to eat healthy is not a major transformation there are a lot of small things you can do every day to improve your diet,”. Read more here.
Grand Junction Free Press – Paula Anderson volunteers with Cooking Matters and notes “For all the hand-wringing about the American diet and the worries about the increasing rate of obesity and diabetes, it was refreshing to see the rubber really hitting the road with Cooking Matters.” Read more about her experience here.
Let’s Move Blog – Across the country, chefs and schools are teaming up to teach kids how to get more from their food and make healthy choices with Chefs Move to Schools. Cooking Matters’ instrumental role is highlighted here.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Cooking Matters volunteer, Chef Lynn Ware, shares what she loves bout teaching classes. “I love to see how their eyes light up when they try [new things].” Read more here.
CNN – Cooking Matters and City Harvest are highlighted in this report about hunger in the US. “It’s a time of record need, a time when you’re seeing people from all walks of life needing to turn to assistance to meet their food needs.” Read more here.
The Salt: NPR’s Food Blog – Even as home economics classes have been phased out in recent years, some schools are bringing cooking back. National Public Radio covers the benefits of such programs, and includes Cooking Matters as a program making a positive difference. Read more here.
Palo Alto Online – “The classes have been a lot of help. It’s something that was needed in East Palo Alto. We learn how to eat healthy foods and to control our portions. Most importantly, we learn how to reap all of the benefits from bread, rice and cereals and how to balance what we eat,” Read more here.
No Kid Hungry Blog – Kelly Staid, Cooking Matters AmeriCorps member with the New Hampshire Food Bank, discusses her service experiences and reviews what she learned over the past year. Read more in this thoughtful post here.
Delta County Independent - A Cooking Matters graduate in Colorado notes “I am now more conscious of what I eat and what healthy foods for my family are.” Read more about a collaborative effort between the Delta County’s Family Literacy and Resource Program, the Mesa County Health Department, and Cooking Matters Colorado here.
STL Today – “Fourteen military veterans and spouses sit behind a U-shaped set of tables, about to receive some basic training. Their mission: Shopping healthily and on a budget, and then learning or relearning techniques for cooking healthful meals.” Read more here.
PBS NewsHour – “We are breaking the myth of ‘it costs more to eat healthy’ every single week,” Ruth Stemler of Cooking Matters Colorado and Rebecca Jacobson of PBS NewsHour discuss food insecurity and how Cooking Matters courses make a difference in Colorado. Read more here.
The New York Times – “Cooking is a skill that lasts a lifetime, and it empowers people to make more nutritious food choices at home or away.” Cooking Matters National Director Janet McLaughlin in response to a Mark Bittman article about the virtues of preparing meals at home. Read more here.
New York Times - Mark Bittman discusses the importance of cooking: “I recognize, too, that there are many people for whom time and money and skills and even access are challenges. The thing, though, is not to discount this argument simply because not everyone is in a position to benefit from it, but rather to use it to benefit those it can, and to create the same possibilities for everyone.”
ALIVE Magazine - Chef Lauren McCabe is featured for her dedication to the community through her work with Cooking Matters and Operation Food Search. “If a kid says ‘Mom, lets cook dinner tonight’ you might get a family to sit down for a meal together – and that’s something.” Read the full story here.
Spectacles- Cooking Matters Program Manager, Sarah Stephison on discusses the benefits of nutrition and culinary skills education in an episode of ”Spectacles – A New Focus,” a show on Bloomfield Public Television. Watch the entire episode here.
Mount Hope Monitor – New York City’s City Harvest host a Cooking Matters for Families Class where a mother proclaims “This is good food and a good class for kids, I wish I had known about it earlier” Read more about whats stirring in the kitchen here.
The Daily Bulldog – Volunteer Chef Bucky Leighton gets kids to prepare new foods. Ethan Ross said his mom looked at one recipe he was about to make and asked, “Can you really do that?” Read more here.
ABCLocal.com – “Chef Michael Anthony Harris teaches how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into the family diet — even when you’re on a tight budget or are working around health challenges.” Read more here.
Walmart.com – At an event today in Washington, D.C., Walmart, the nation’s largest grocer, unveiled a comprehensive effort to provide its customers with healthier and more affordable food choices. Read more here.
The Durango Herald – “While big-picture government policies and systems are important components in fighting poverty, families in need say they can’t wait for ballot votes, legislative sessions or welfare reform to get help.” Read more here.
Boston Globe – “It gives us a way to talk about food. A discussion of vitamins and nutrients gets complex and confusing,” says Leigh Ann Edwards, national program operations director for Cooking Matters. Read more here.
MiningGazette.com – “Because many children spend hours at day care, they often eat there, and a new program is teaching day care providers how to make nutritious meals for their young charges.” Read more here.
Portland Press Herald – Portland, ME, chefs are jumping on board a new program to teach families on a limited budget that healthy, good-tasting cooking CAN happen in their own kitchens. Read more here.
Today, Share Our Strength unveiled a new name for our signature educational program: Cooking Matters™ to over 100 volunteers, staff, and stakeholders from across the country at our annual Conference of Leaders. Read more about our new name at the No Kid Hungry blog.
ReviewMessenger.com – “It gets people thinking about what they’re eating,” Chef Olson added, noting that even young children can get involved in food prep. Read more about our effective cooking classes in Minnesota here.
Itemlive.com – Alexis Anderson counts collared greens among her favorite foods but she never knew how to make the vegetable dish until she enrolled earlier this summer in Share Our Strength’s cooking course taught at First Lutheran Church. Read more.
Hungry2Help.org – Kori Reed of the ConAgra Foods Foundation reflects on Operation Frontline’s substantial growth during the past two years of our partnership. Read more about our impact and the ConAgra Foods Foundation’s efforts to promote nutrition and a hunger-free America here.
MonroeNews.com – Since 1994, Operation Frontline: Detroit has been trying to get the message out to southeast Michigan families that good food choices can be made on tight budgets. Read more here.
Share Our Strength is proud to partner with Huntington’s Kitchen to offer its free Operation Frontline cooking courses to those most in need in Huntington. Read more about our partnership with Jamie Oliver’s kitchen in Huntington here.
More than 500 chefs gathered at the White House on June 4 to join Michelle Obama’s newest effort to fight childhood obesity, Chefs Move To Schools. Read full article here.
Operation Frontline Colorado volunteer discusses how Side by Side courses change families’ food habitsThursday, May 20th, 2010
From the White House to celebrity chefs, there’s a national movement to change the way our kids eat – and it has strong roots here in Denver. Read full article here.
Food Network chef and nutritionist Ellie Krieger testified to the House Agriculture committee last week – and highlighted Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline as a nutrition education program making a real difference. Read her testimony here.
Six months after their first Operation Frontline class was offered, the University of Minnesota Extension program continues to reach more families, thanks to the help of dedicated volunteers like Chef Daugherty. Read more.
Operation Frontline coordinator, Aliyah Rowe, and Hall of Fame chef, Eva Forson, are featured in this month’s issue of Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade magazine. You can pick up a copy on newsstands now.