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Cooking Matters for Parents (SNAP-Ed)

Cooking Matters for Parents is an educational program that teaches parents and other caregivers of young children how to shop for nutritious foods and prepare healthy, delicious meals that pre-K and K-2 kids will enjoy.

Parents learning to cook


This program provides tips for parents to model healthy eating for their young children. Participants also will learn how to:

  • Plan meals and shop for healthy foods on a limited budget.
  • Prepare healthy, delicious meals and snacks their children will like.
  • Read food labels.
  • Add more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to family meals.
  • Cook lean and low-fat foods, including meats, beans, and dairy foods.

Space and time requirements

Each week Cooking Matters for Parents participants observe a cooking demonstration, and then break into small groups to prepare the same recipe. Sessions also include a nutritional overview of the foods just prepared, and each participant takes home the recipe and a bag of groceries in order to practice at home.

More information

Cooking MattersĀ® for Parents workshops feature hands-on learning and include activities to practice cooking and kitchen skills. In the last session, participants will set goals as a family to continue using what they learned in class at home.

To find out more about this program or explore the possibilities of this program being offered at your agency, complete this Hosting Cooking Matters Minnesota form.

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