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Massachusetts Families Deserve Delicious, Healthy Food

Cooking Matters is on a mission to make eating healthier easy and affordable for families everywhere.

How to Partner with Us

If you are a community organization, we may be able to collaborate with you to bring our programs to your parents and caregivers.

Our Partnership Model

Cooking Matters Massachusetts collaborates with hundreds of community-based organizations throughout the state to offer group education around feeding young children, print and digital resources to bring education to parents and caregivers outside of group settings, and technical assistance for organizations implementing policy, systems and environmental changes. We look to partner with organizations serving an audience of parents and caregivers who have children ages 0-5 years old and are working with a limited food budget.
Some examples of our partnerships include Head Start centers, WIC clinics, and family resource centers. In this partnership model, we work with you to learn your client’s needs and work together to create a schedule of educational sessions that parents and caregivers feel excited to join.

Where Do Our Programs Take Place?

We currently offer online programs through Zoom where one of our staff members facilitates a highly interactive 30- or 60-minute session that includes a few recipe demonstrations. Our programs are all designed to have parents and caregivers sharing their own experiences and expertise and involve children as needed. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we offered our educational sessions in-person at a partner organization’s site, but currently in-person program options are extremely limited.

Why Would My Clients Want to Participate?

In addition to connecting with other families and learning how to save time, save money, and how to deal with all the challenges that come with feeding young kids, participants will receive either a $10 gift card or $10 value in physical groceries for participating in each lesson.

Will families that speak a language other than English be able to participate?

Our staff can offer programs in English, Spanish or both. We are happy to arrange and cover the cost of interpretation in additional languages with advanced notice.

Can You Help with Recruitment?

We offer pre-made flyers, social media images and pre-written text messages to assist in your recruitment of parents and caregivers of children 0-5 into our interactive educational sessions.

Is There a Financial Commitment?

Some of the costs associated with implementing our educational sessions are covered by our supporters, but Cooking Matters asks our partners to consider sharing some of the programming costs, if able. No organization will be turned away if unable to contribute to a shared programming cost. It is important to note that participants in Cooking Matters sessions cannot be charged for attending.

Every partnership is a little bit different – we look forward to discussing your unique needs. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our staff to begin this important discussion.

Kristin Cunningham
Kcunningham@strength.org
(617) 774-1322

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