How to Partner with Us
If you are a community organization, we may be able to collaborate with you to bring our programs and resources to your parents and caregivers.
Our Partnership Model
Cooking Matters Colorado 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. Participants in Cooking Matters programming often receive SNAP, WIC or other food assistance.
Some examples of our partnerships include Head Start centers, WIC clinics, food pantries, corner stores and family resource centers. In this partnership model, we work with you to learn your organization and client needs and work together to provide educational resources and organizational supports that meet those needs and are exciting to join. All our group education sessions and additional supports focus on overcoming common challenges related to saving time and money while feeding young children, as well as tips and tricks for feeding picky eaters.
Where Do Our Programs Take Place?
Our focus is on meeting participants where they live, work or play. Our online programs are held through Zoom where one of our staff members facilitates a highly interactive session, including cooking demonstrations. Our programs are all designed to have parents and caregivers sharing their own experiences and expertise.
Our in-person programs are held at a partner organization’s site, as we do not have a central location where programming operates. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please reach out to Cooking Matters Colorado to learn about our current in-person programming offerings.
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. Gift card options include: electronic gift cards OR physical grocery gift cards (most commonly King Soopers and Safeway). All participants will receive digital follow-up resources via email.
Will families that speak a language other than English be able to participate?
Our staff can offer programs in English, Spanish or both.
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? 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.
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Resources for Caregivers
Use the linked resources shared here to connect kids and caregivers with nutritious food anywhere in Colorado.Read More >
Who We Are
Cooking Matters runs programs with Colorado parents and caregivers that cover how to shop for and cook healthy, kid-friendly, and affordable meals.Read More >
Interested in partnering with us? Learn more about our current program offerings and other resources that you can share with parents in your community.Read More >