Cooking Matters works to make sure all kids have the healthy food they need every day.
Share Our Strength partners with nonproﬁts, community groups, and public organizations across the country to provide Cooking Matters programming to low-income families in venues that are convenient and familiar to them. Our primary model is a franchise-style partnership with a citywide, regional, or statewide social service agency who offers cooking courses or grocery store tours in their service area. Learn more about our partners.
The participants in Cooking Matters courses and tours are moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers, kids and teens who want to make healthy meals on a budget. They learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals. Read some of their stories.
Our Cooking Course Volunteers
The dedicated volunteers who teach Cooking Matters courses are chefs, students, Registered Dietitians, nutrition educators and people with a passion for good food and making a difference. Ninety-eight percent of volunteers are willing to teach another course. learn more about volunteering.
Our Grocery Store Tour Leaders
The educators who lead Cooking Matters at the Store grocery store tours are staff or volunteers from local and regional social service agencies, supermarket employees, faith leaders, chefs, nutrition experts and others who know that healthy food doesn’t have to break the bank. Lead a tour in your community.
The national Cooking Matters staff is made up of experienced chefs, Registered Dietitians and nutrition educators, nonprofit leaders, campaign strategists, public health professionals and others with expertise in their field. Meet our experts.
Cooking Matters is key to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. Learn more about No Kid Hungry.