Cooking Matters Minnesota
Cooking Matters Minnesota empowers families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy, delicious and affordable meals. The program is a partnership established in 2009 between:
- Share our Strength
- University of Minnesota Extension
Cooking Matters is a cooking-based, nutrition education program. It empowers people to eat healthier and make the best use of their food resources. Cooking Matters plays a critical role in Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. The campaign works to end childhood hunger in America by:
- Connecting kids in need with nutritious food
- Teaching how to cook healthy, affordable meals.
Participants learn to shop smarter, make healthier food choices, and cook delicious meals.
Established in 1993, Cooking Matters helps families shop for and cook healthy meals on a limited budget. Nationally, Cooking Matters has grown to serve more than 100,000 individuals per year. From January 2015 to June 2016, University of Minnesota Extension, with the support of many community partners and volunteers, served 3071 Minnesota families.
Cooking Matters Minnesota's collaborative model combines the resources of the national organization with University of Minnesota Extension’s health and nutrition program to deliver exceptional nutrition education at local sites with the help of volunteers.