by Cooking Matters | April 2, 2020
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to upend daily life across the country, many families and individuals are being forced to seek new ways to feed themselves and their children. For the first time, many are preparing every meal, every day. Now more than ever, the ability to cook affordable meals matters.
For nearly 30 years, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program has been connecting families with the skills and recipes to make meal times a little tastier and a little easier. Every family has different needs and different preferences when it comes to food. But skills like knowing how to be flexible based on what ingredients are available, knowing how to stretch those ingredients as far as they’ll go, knowing how to vary the flavors to make the meal more enjoyable, and knowing how to get the whole family involved are universal.
The Cooking Matters campaign focuses on ensuring all low-income parents and caregivers have the skills to regularly serve nutritious foods to kids pregnancy through age 5. These skills, however, help families navigate a kitchen deliciously, no matter what their kids age or food budget.
Cooking Matters has an array of materials to help families and individuals at this time, from first-time cooks seeking guidance to more experienced home chefs looking for a new go-to recipe. Here are a few ways to bring Cooking Matters into your life:
- The Cooking Matters Recipe Bank is home to numerous great recipes. Here, one can find kid-approved, no-cook, diabetes-friendly recipes and more. The recipe bank also links to other great resources for healthy recipes.
- Need a little more in-depth instruction? Check out Cooking Matters YouTube Channel to find recipe demos, tips on meal planning, grocery shopping and beyond. Videos are available in English and Spanish.
- Additionally, Cooking Matters’ Facebook page is chocked full of more helpful information—including how to make shorter trips to the store in order to avoid coronavirus exposure. In the coming days, a Facebook Live series will be launching on this page to share further advice.
In this time of uncertainty, we are all looking for things to bring us comfort, joy, and a sense of stability. While the main point of cooking is to satisfy the body’s need for food, it can also nurture our minds and raise our spirits. Food is a constant that unites all people, bringing us all together—now and always, cooking matters.