Cooking Matters is a series of classes providing nutrition education and cooking instruction to low-income families and individuals throughout west Georgia. These classes can mean 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 connects families with food by teaching them how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget. In a series of six weekly classes, chefs, nutrition educators and class assistants share their time and expertise to lead hands-on courses that show adults, teens and kids how to purchase and prepare nutritious foods in healthful, safe and tasty ways.
Since 1993, Cooking Matters and its hundreds of volunteer instructors have conducted more than 4,300 cooking-centered nutrition and financial-planning courses, and helped more than 51,500 low-income families in communities across the country learn how to eat better for less. The program is distinguished by its engaging chef-led courses for the whole family, proven results, and sustainable collaborative model that involves local partner organizations with broad community reach and community agencies that host courses in their facilities.
Cooking Matters has received special recognition from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for excellence in nutrition education and was also featured by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, a nationwide initiative dedicated to raising healthier generation of kids.
Each of Cooking Matters curricula specialize in teaching hands-on meal preparation, practical nutrition information, and food budgeting skills. All participants receive recipes and take-home materials from that day’s lesson.
Classes meet weekly for two hours over a six-week period at various locations throughout Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties. To learn about current classes taking place across the region, click here. To find out more contact Gina Brandenburg at 770.836.9282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.