Oregon Food Bank's Nutrition Education program offers hands-on cooking and nutrition education classes to low-income community members by partnering with its partner agencies and health clinics addressing food insecurity in our community.
6-week Cooking Matters series are taught in English and in Spanish and may be targeted to serve young parents, adults, families or child care professionals.
Classes challenge students to reconsider food preferences and habits and teach cooking methods, nutrition, food safety, practical shopping and meal planning — skills that increase food security and quality of life.
Oregon Food Bank also offer one-time, two-hour Cooking Matters at the Store (CMATS) tours in partnership with local organizations serving community members with low incomes. The tours are held on-site at local Fred Meyer grocery stores and teach low-income adults how to get the most nutrition for their food dollars. The tours empowers participants with four key food skills:
- Reading food labels
- Comparing unit prices
- Finding whole grain foods
- Identifying three ways to purchase produce
Cooking Matters at the Store often ends in the $10 Challenge, an activity where participants use the skills they've just learned to buy a healthy meal for a family of four, for under $10.
Participants take home a booklet with recipes and shopping tips, a reusable grocery bag, and $10 worth of healthy groceries.
Classes are scheduled in advance, in partnership with organizations that recruit participants.
The classes are led by trained volunteers using curricula from Share Our Strength
's Cooking Matters
,™ a national nutrition education program hosted in more than 25 cities from coast to coast.
Cooking Matters™ is nationally sponsored by Walmart.