Cooking Matters to Me

Since taking a Cooking Matters at the Store tour, Michelle has lost 108 pounds. She has also shed decades of bad habits and ensured a lifetime of healthy eating choices for her three-year-old son.

Lareese at store.

Since Cooking Matters, there’s a difference in how Lareese and her two children eat. She is stretching her food assistance dollars and enjoying healthy food. “Before, I thought of eating healthy as bland and nasty. You can eat healthy and still have tasteful food,” she says.

Stacy and Erik live in Colorado with their two young daughters. With both parents in school and working, money is tight. Cooking Matters was offered at their local Head Start center. “I feel like I was wasting a lot of money,” Stacy says of her time before Cooking Matters.

Perla and her two children live in Colorado. It’s a crowded household, with three generations living under one roof. Perla learned about Cooking Matters through the kids’ school and signed up to take the class with her mother. “We really loved it,” Perla says.

Matilde lives in Arkansas with her teenage son and her mother. Matilde describes herself as a careful budgeter, always comparing prices and writing a grocery list. Cooking Matters taught her to compare foods for their healthfulness, as well as their cost.

Paul, Kim and their children live near Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. They learned about Cooking Matters through their Head Start center, where Kim volunteers. They are now making small changes to the way the family eats at home: buying less junk food, cooking often and eating more fruits and vegetables.

Belinda is a young mom from Massachusetts. Since taking Cooking Matters, she makes her family’s meals more colorful by adding vegetables. “I think about how cooking food is healthier than putting food in the microwave. I think it’s healthier for my daughter,” she says.

Nutrition instructor Magie Young helped start the Cooking Matters program at the Lowcountry Food Bank in Charleston, S.C. In 2013, she won Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Volunteer of the Year Award. One of the greatest things about Cooking Matters is its flexibility, Magie says.

Cooking Matters to Me

Since taking a Cooking Matters at the Store tour, Michelle has lost 108 pounds. She has also shed decades of bad habits and ensured a lifetime of healthy eating choices for her three-year-old son.

Lareese at store.

Since Cooking Matters, there’s a difference in how Lareese and her two children eat. She is stretching her food assistance dollars and enjoying healthy food. “Before, I thought of eating healthy as bland and nasty. You can eat healthy and still have tasteful food,” she says.

Stacy and Erik live in Colorado with their two young daughters. With both parents in school and working, money is tight. Cooking Matters was offered at their local Head Start center. “I feel like I was wasting a lot of money,” Stacy says of her time before Cooking Matters.

Perla and her two children live in Colorado. It’s a crowded household, with three generations living under one roof. Perla learned about Cooking Matters through the kids’ school and signed up to take the class with her mother. “We really loved it,” Perla says.

Matilde lives in Arkansas with her teenage son and her mother. Matilde describes herself as a careful budgeter, always comparing prices and writing a grocery list. Cooking Matters taught her to compare foods for their healthfulness, as well as their cost.

Paul, Kim and their children live near Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. They learned about Cooking Matters through their Head Start center, where Kim volunteers. They are now making small changes to the way the family eats at home: buying less junk food, cooking often and eating more fruits and vegetables.

Belinda is a young mom from Massachusetts. Since taking Cooking Matters, she makes her family’s meals more colorful by adding vegetables. “I think about how cooking food is healthier than putting food in the microwave. I think it’s healthier for my daughter,” she says.

Nutrition instructor Magie Young helped start the Cooking Matters program at the Lowcountry Food Bank in Charleston, S.C. In 2013, she won Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Volunteer of the Year Award. One of the greatest things about Cooking Matters is its flexibility, Magie says.

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