Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters for Maine is a partnership between Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit, and Good Shepherd Food-Bank.  Since 1981, Good Shepherd Food-Bank has helped hundreds of thousands of Maine’s hungry get access to the food they need to live healthy, productive lives. Cooking Matters has partnered with HealthySV to offer cooking and nutrition education classes to students in the Sebasticook Valley area. Culinary instructors, nutrition instructors, and staff from HealthySV are working together to teach people of all ages about good nutrition and how to prepare healthy, tasty, meals and snacks.

Each of Cooking Matters’ specialized nutrition curriculums teach hands-on meal preparation, practical nutrition information, and food budgeting skills.  This can be the difference between feeding families for just one night and making sure they have the knowledge, skills, and resources to prepare healthy meals for a lifetime.

Cooking Matters for Adults
  • Teaches low-income adults about healthy meal preparation and sensible shopping on a limited budget.  Ninety percent of Cooking Matters for Adults graduates have said they eat more fruits, vegetables, or whole grains after the course than they did before.

Cooking Matters for Kids
  • Teaches children ages 7 to 12 how to prepare healthy meals and snacks and to make smart choices wherever they go—at school, at home, at the store, or out to eat.  Ninety-four percent of participants have reported learning at least one new thing about cooking during this course.

Cooking Matters for Teens
  • Teaches adolescents in 6th grade and up how to make healthy food choices and prepare healthy meals and snacks.  Eighty-one percent of graduates reported an improvement in their cooking skills after taking this course.

Cooking Matters for Families
  • Brings school-aged children and their families together to learn about healthy eating and the importance of family mealtime.  Eighty-nine percent of families that participate in this course report making a recipe at home together which they learned from the class.

Cooking Matters for Young Parents
  • Teaches teen parents how to make healthy food choices and prepare nutritious foods for themselves and their young children. Graduates increased their use of Nutrition Facts labels when they shopped and reported choosing healthier foods like low-fat milk and whole grains more often.

Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals
  • Teaches child care professionals about healthy meal preparation and creating a healthy food environment for the kids in their care.  Of the providers who completed the first round of pilot trainings, 92 percent reported improved cooking skills and 72 percent felt more confident about having kids help prepare meals.

For more information on how to participate or volunteer as a part of Cooking Matters please contact HealthySV.

Myranda Knight, Nutrition Educator
487-3890 x2744
Cooking Matters is nationally sponsored by the ConAgra Foods Foundation and Wal-Mart.  Cooking Matters for Maine is locally sponsored by Hannaford.