The best way to make sure every kid in America has healthy food is to make sure their parents and caregivers have the support they need.
Cooking Matters works in communities across the country to help parents and caregivers develop their skills when shopping for and cooking healthy foods on a budget.
Cooking Matters is a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. Cooking Matters has been helping families lead healthier lives for 30 years.
Here are some of the ways we’re helping families today.
We offer free cooking classes for parents, kids and child care providers. Each lesson is taught by experts in many different community-based settings. Participants learn about cooking, meal prep, grocery shopping, food budgeting, and nutrition.
We hold short, easy tours at local grocery stores to help people learn how to shop strategically and choose the foods they need to cook simple, healthy meals.
For those who can't join our classes or tours, or those who want to keep the learning going long after class ends, we offer digital resources such as healthy recipes and an extensive collection of library of videos.
We work with experts to develop educational materials that schools, churches and community groups can use to help parents and caregivers.
Studies confirm that by helping parents and caregivers, Cooking Matters is helping kids live happier, healthier lives.
A national study by the Altarum Institute (2015) of more
than 1,600 Cooking Matters participants showed they:
• Had more confidence in cooking abilities
• Saw fewer barriers to making healthy, affordable meals
• Were able to prepare healthier, more budget-friendly meals
“ 83% of parents and caregivers report readiness to adopt healthier, budget-saving shopping techniques. ”
A study by the Altarum Institute (2013) assessed the success of Cooking Matters’ grocery store tours, showing positive outcomes for participants.
“ As a result of our program, 68% of WIC parents reported the ability to maximize their benefits toward the purchase of fruits and vegetables. ”
A national survey by APCO
Insight into the home cooking habits of low- to middle-income
American families that helped us design effective Cooking Matters programs. The survey
• Low-income parents cook meals at home, mostly from scratch, and are highly interested in making healthy meals.
• Families view cost as the primary barrier to healthy eating; this can be overcome through the adoption of strategic shopping and cooking skills.
• Low-income families that regularly plan meals, write grocery lists and budget for food make healthy meals from scratch more often than those who don’t.
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