Funding Available for Food Skills Education
February 1, 2014
Chef Greg Silverman, Director of National Partnerships, 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.
Cooking Matters at the Store is a 1.5-hour grocery store tour in which participants learn four key food skills:
- Reading food labels
- Comparing unit prices
- Finding whole grains
- Identifying three ways to purchase produce
If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of families in your community, check out the Cooking Matters Learning Space, a free online tool that provides you with all the resources and information you need to become a tour leader. It’s simple—a tour leader completes an online training, orders tour materials, recruits participants, and forms partnerships with grocery stores to host the tour.
n turn, Share Our Strength provides interactive online training, participant booklets with tips and recipes, reusable grocery bags for participants, tour leader planning guides, template communications materials, and technical support.
Together with Share Our Strength, you and your organization can provide turn-key food skills education to the community you serve.
And now, there is funding available to help these efforts succeed. Organizations interested in providing Cooking Matters at the Store tours may apply for a small grant to help support their efforts. Visit cookingmatters.org/grants to learn more.
To qualify, organizations must have:
- Capacity to lead Cooking Matters at the Store tours in your community, including but not limited to recruiting participants, identifying tour leaders, and reaching out to your community
- Ability to reach low-income mothers of children ages five and under
- Commitment and enthusiasm amount staff to implement the program
Please take advantage of this exciting opportunity to provide food skills education to families in need in your community. For more information, visit cookingmatters.org/grants or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.