Due to the COVID-19 crisis and its long-term impacts on the communities we partner with, our Education Programs are experiencing several strategic shifts that will limit our ability to accept new partnerships or volunteers for the foreseeable future.

Nutrition & Cooking

In partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, Oregon Food Bank provides Cooking Matters® a cooking and nutrition education program. Cooking Matters is offered to low-income communities with the help of our local and statewide partners and health clinics addressing food insecurity in Oregon.

Cooking Matters and Cooking Matters at the Store are led by trained volunteers.

Cooking Matters: 6-week course

The 6-week Cooking Matters course provides participants with the cooking and budgeting skills necessary to increase food security and quality of life. Taught in a hands-on kitchen environment, the course challenges participants to reconsider food preferences, habits, nutrition, food safety, practical shopping and meal planning.

Cooking Matters at the Store: one-time tour

The one-time Cooking Matters at the Store (CMATS) tours is a partnership with local and statewide agencies serving low-income communities in Oregon. The tours teach low-income adults how to get the most nutrition for their food dollars by teaching them how to read food labels, compare unit prices, find whole grains and identify purchasing methods.

For all other inquiries in the Portland Metro area:

Emily Goldberg

For inquiries regarding Cooking Matters in the rest of Oregon & Clark County, Washington:

Claire Nichols