Partnership Opportunity Available for Food Skills Education

August 13, 2015

Duke Storen, Senior Director Partner Impact and Advocacy, Share Our Strength

Families on a tight budget report that the cost of healthy groceries is their biggest barrier to making healthy meals at home. But we know that with the right skills, shopping for and preparing healthy food doesn’t have to break the bank.

As part of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, Cooking Matters is a free program that helps families shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget. Walmart, the national sponsor for Cooking Matters, makes this program possible.

In communities across America, our participants and instructors come together each week to share lessons and meals with each other. Courses meet for two hours, once a week for six weeks. Lessons cover meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting and nutrition. Participants practice fundamental food skills, including proper knife techniques, reading ingredient labels, using different forms of fruits and vegetables, and making a healthy meal for a family of four on a $10 budget.

To learn more about the structure and impact of this program, visit www.cookingmatters.org/what-we-do where you can read about our curricula and the impact of this evidence-based program.

Together with Share Our Strength, you and your organization can provide turn-key food skills education to the community you serve.

Share Our Strength provides partners with interactive online training, template communications materials, technical assistance, and curriculum materials for participants.

Organizations interested in providing Cooking Matters six-week courses in their community may apply for partnership with Share Our Strength.

Partners must have the capacity to fund local costs associated with Cooking Matters programming, including staff time, food costs, and other supplies. There are no grants associated with this opportunity.

Priority will be given to partners who operate in areas outside of our current Cooking Matters course partner network.

If your organization is interested in offering Cooking Matters in your community, and would like to apply for partnership, please review the information below to ensure you qualify as a candidate. Click here to start the application process.

Organizations interested in leading Cooking Matters courses should meet the following general criteria:

  • Staff capacity to add Cooking Matters courses as a service available from your organization
  • Reach among low-income mothers of children ages 5 and under
  • Commitment and enthusiasm among staff to implement the program
  • Capacity to commit to reaching a minimum of 40 participants each year through Cooking Matters courses

All applicants must be 501c3 organizations in good standing or other nonprofit organizations.

Please take advantage of this exciting opportunity to provide food skills education to families in need in your community. The application for this partnership opportunity closes September 18, 2015. For more information, visit www.cookingmatters.org or email questions to cookingmatters@strength.org.