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Partner FAQS

Is my organization a good fit with Cooking Matters?

Our programming is only successful when the staff and/or volunteers both from Cooking Matters and from our community partners invest time and effort into the programs.  Our partners need to be able to recruit the intended audience and need to allocate adequate staff resources to ensure successful programming.

Participants:

  • must be low-income.
    • We are particularly interested in partnering with agencies who work with families who receive SNAP, WIC, or other food assistance.
  • are primarily adults.
    • Cooking Matters is a great way to engage parents.
    • Our priority audience is parents and caretakers of children age five and under.

Partner organization staff:

  • will be responsible for recruiting the participants.
  • should understand and promote the mission of Cooking Matters.
  • should allocate adequate staff resources to oversee the coordination and implementation of programming.

What does my organization need to provide for a six week course?

  • Physical meeting space and kitchen space
    • Our courses require a safe, accessible space where all participants can actively engage in food preparation, conversation, and a shared meal.  Partner organizations may be able to identify a convenient space within their organization, or may need to seek space elsewhere. A commercial kitchen, although appreciated, is not required – as long as there is space for food prep and instruction and hot running water, Cooking Matters can supplement the course with portable cooking appliances.
    • An engaged staff member
      • The partner organization must designate a staff member who will recruit the required number of 8-16 participants for the course, make weekly reminder calls, and be in contact with Cooking Matters staff prior to and throughout the course.
      • Solutions for potential barriers
        • Your organization will work closely with Cooking Matters staff to ensure that your participants are able to attend the course. Depending on your participants, you may potentially need to provide childcare, an interpreter, and/or transportation in order to make the course accessible.

What does my organization need to provide for a Cooking Matters at the Store tour?

  • An engaged staff member
    • The staff member will recruit the participants for the grocery store tour and work together with Cooking Matters staff to identify a grocery store most convenient for program participants.
    • Solutions for potential barriers
      • Your organization will work closely with Cooking Matters staff to ensure that your participants are able to attend the tour. Depending on your participants, you may potentially need to provide childcare, an interpreter, and/or transportation to the grocery store in order to make the tour accessible.

What does it cost to have a Cooking Matters course at my site?

It varies.  Some of the costs associated with implementing certain courses and tours are covered by our supporters, but Cooking Matters also relies on our partner organizations to share some of the programming costs.  Each partner organization works with a Cooking Matters manager to determine the shared programming cost that is right for your organization.  An organization will not be turned down solely on the basis of funding.

Partner FAQS

Is my organization a good fit with Cooking Matters?

Our programming is only successful when the staff and/or volunteers both from Cooking Matters and from our community partners invest time and effort into the programs.  Our partners need to be able to recruit the intended audience and need to allocate adequate staff resources to ensure successful programming.

Participants:

  • must be low-income.
    • We are particularly interested in partnering with agencies who work with families who receive SNAP, WIC, or other food assistance.
  • are primarily adults.
    • Cooking Matters is a great way to engage parents.
    • Our priority audience is parents and caretakers of children age five and under.

Partner organization staff:

  • will be responsible for recruiting the participants.
  • should understand and promote the mission of Cooking Matters.
  • should allocate adequate staff resources to oversee the coordination and implementation of programming.

What does my organization need to provide for a six week course?

  • Physical meeting space and kitchen space
    • Our courses require a safe, accessible space where all participants can actively engage in food preparation, conversation, and a shared meal.  Partner organizations may be able to identify a convenient space within their organization, or may need to seek space elsewhere. A commercial kitchen, although appreciated, is not required – as long as there is space for food prep and instruction and hot running water, Cooking Matters can supplement the course with portable cooking appliances.
    • An engaged staff member
      • The partner organization must designate a staff member who will recruit the required number of 8-16 participants for the course, make weekly reminder calls, and be in contact with Cooking Matters staff prior to and throughout the course.
      • Solutions for potential barriers
        • Your organization will work closely with Cooking Matters staff to ensure that your participants are able to attend the course. Depending on your participants, you may potentially need to provide childcare, an interpreter, and/or transportation in order to make the course accessible.

What does my organization need to provide for a Cooking Matters at the Store tour?

  • An engaged staff member
    • The staff member will recruit the participants for the grocery store tour and work together with Cooking Matters staff to identify a grocery store most convenient for program participants.
    • Solutions for potential barriers
      • Your organization will work closely with Cooking Matters staff to ensure that your participants are able to attend the tour. Depending on your participants, you may potentially need to provide childcare, an interpreter, and/or transportation to the grocery store in order to make the tour accessible.

What does it cost to have a Cooking Matters course at my site?

It varies.  Some of the costs associated with implementing certain courses and tours are covered by our supporters, but Cooking Matters also relies on our partner organizations to share some of the programming costs.  Each partner organization works with a Cooking Matters manager to determine the shared programming cost that is right for your organization.  An organization will not be turned down solely on the basis of funding.

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