Cooking Matters participants include moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers, kids, and teens who want to make healthy meals on a budget. Participants attend courses to learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.
Many participants use SNAP or WIC benefits to help feed their families. However, every participant has a different story. By learning more about the participants in your class, you will be able to relay information in a way that is useful, provides a safe and comfortable environment for sharing ideas, and relates to participants effectively and with sensitivity. Read some of their stories by clicking HERE.
While Cooking Matters works with a wide variety of diverse participants, the program makes a priority of reaching low-income mothers with children under six. Mothers hold a heavy influence over family food decisions, from shopping to meal preparation, and new mothers are often more open to making lasting changes toward a healthier lifestyle.
In this section, you will:
- Learn more about who Cooking Matters serves and some of the common challenges they face
- Gain skills for working with people from various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and how food can serve as common ground
- Learn strategies for cross-cultural communication, including teaching those with limited English language skills
There are three topics within this core concept, listed in the menu to your left. You can start with the first, or move around the topics as you wish.