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Nutrition Education

Step three: Learn more and sign up.

Volunteer as a member of a team to lead participants in preparing and cooking the week's menu, eating, cleaning up and sharing tips on cooking, budgeting and more. From shopping for recipe ingredients, to leading classes, to communicating key messages, volunteers make our nutrition education program work.  

Learn more about volunteering with the Nutrition Education program

Please read our volunteer information packet to learn more about volunteer training and roles.

To sign up to volunteer with the Nutrition Education Program in the Portland-metro area, click the "sign up here" link in the Sign Up box at the top-right of the page.

To sign up to volunteer in Malheur and Harney counties, contact Tami Hart, Southeast Oregon Services Branch Community Outreach Coordinator, at or 541-889-9206.

Time commitment and schedule

Cooking MattersEach volunteer commits to a 7 week course series, which includes a pre-class planning meeting and a 6-session Cooking Matters class using Share our Strength's Cooking Matters™ curricula. Cooking Matters™ is nationally sponsored by Walmart. 

Prior to working with our program, volunteers attend an orientation to see if the opportunity is right for them. They then observe a class session and attend a half-day training. Volunteers are often trained during one season to begin volunteer work in the next season (for example, volunteers trained in summer would begin volunteering in the fall). Classes are held mornings, afternoons and evenings at the same time each week and are two hours per session. We schedule classes on-site at our northeast Portland and Beaverton facilities and at off-site locations throughout the community. 

Volunteers are placed based on the following schedule:

  • In December for classes between January and March
  • In March for classes between April and June
  • In June for classes between July and September
  • In September for classes between October and December

No volunteers are scheduled mid-season, but potential volunteers are welcome to observe a class at any time with the approval of Oregon Food Bank staff.


For Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah and Washington counties, contact Marie Therese Senecal, nutrition education program coordinator at or 503-853-8756.

For Malheur and Harney counties, contact Tami Hart, or 541-889-9206.

Other helpful resources

View Cooking Matters™ volunteer training videos created by Share Our Strength.