Cooking Matters Core

A successful program is one that meets the needs of your community. It may look different depending on the needs of your community and audience. The Cooking Matters Core is designed to encourage flexibility in delivering lessons and content in a way that your audience desires.

How to Use

Start Here: Cooking Matters Core User Guide (en Español)

Facilitator Training: New Videos for Cooking Matters Core (en Español)

Facilitator Training: Cooking Matters Facilitator Training Resource Library


For partners seeking to “recreate” the Cooking Matters for Parents six-week course, we suggest a six-week series using the first six lessons and adding a “food prep” module with each for six, 91-120-minute lessons.

Looking to lead a Cooking Matters at the Store program? The Shopping Smart lesson can be used in place of the Cooking Matters at the Store curriculum. When led as a one-hour intervention, it has been shown to be practice tested. For more information about the evidence, please visit the About page.

Lessons 1-6 (en Español)

Lessons 7-13 (en Español)


View a collection of helpful Cooking Matters Core handouts compiled into one easy-to-read PDF.

Download Handout Collection (en Español)


Download and use these collections of our most-loved recipes

Recipe Collection 1 (en Español)

Recipe Collection 2 (en Español)


Ensure volunteers and participants are protected.

English Waiver

Spanish Waiver

Evaluation Resources

Your organization may want to consider using the following resources to aid in assessing the outcomes associated with delivering Cooking Matters Core.

Evaluation Summary

Electronic Survey Collection

Survey (English)

Survey (Spanish)

Participant Survey Data

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