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Host an Education Program

Oregon Food Bank's education programs address the root causes of hunger by teaching skills to promote self-sufficiency for people living with low incomes.

Host a Cooking Matters at the Store (CMATS) tour
Cooking Matters

Oregon Food Bank partners with Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters™  to offer one-time, two-hour Cooking Matters at the Store 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:

  1. Reading food labels
  2. Comparing unit prices
  3. Finding whole grain foods
  4. 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. 
Cooking Matters™ is nationally sponsored by Walmart. 

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  1. To apply to host a tour complete the CMATS Interest Form.
  2. View income guidelines for OFB's education programs.
  3. Questions? MT Senecal at 503-853-8756 or for programming in the Portland Metro area. In Malheur or Harney counties, contact Tami Hart at 541-889-9206 or​

Host a Seed to Supper gardening workshop

Oregon Food Bank and OSU Extension's five-week Seed to Supper basic gardening workshop series is offered in partnership with local organizations serving adults living on low incomes. Seed to Supper teaches beginning gardeners to grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget, with topics ranging from garden planning to planting to harvesting.

Classes are scheduled in advance, in partnership with organizations that recruit participants. Classes can be held at OFB's northeast Portland facility, at OFB West in Beaverton or at off-site organizations with suitable classroom facilities. On-site gardens are helpful, but not necessary.

Classes are offered in winter and spring only; we are now accepting applications for the winter/spring 2015 season.

NOTE: Single-session classes such as container gardening may not be available this season.

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