In partnership with Share Our Strength, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana launched Cooking Matters in January 2011. The Cooking Matters program consists of practical nutrition information, hands-on food preparation, and food budgeting and shopping. All participants receive recipes and other educational materials from the lessons, and adult and teen participants take home a bag of groceries to practice what they’ve learned in class at home.
Cooking Matters provides at risk families the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals through a hands-on six week series of classes. The classes are taught by volunteer culinary and nutrition experts that teach participants how to select and prepare nutritious low-cost ingredients. Cooking Matters is comprised of six curriculums that include; Cooking Matters for Adults, Cooking Matters for Teens, Cooking Matters for Families, Cooking Matters for Kids, Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals and Cooking Matters for Young Parents.
Cooking Matters relies heavily on volunteer support from local chefs, Dietitians and classroom assistants. We are especially in need of classroom assistants to do the following:
• Arrive 30 minutes before class is scheduled to begin.
• Help unload groceries and supplies.
• Set up and wipe down tables and chairs.
• Assemble grocery bags & spice packets for each participant.
• Wash produce that will be used in class before class begins.
• Set out cleaning supplies, paper products, and serving items.
• Pass out workbooks, handouts, and pens.
• Be a runner for the chef during cooking lesson.
• Support nutrition educator and participants with activities and visual aids when needed.
• Clean up and wash dishes.
• Pack up and load supplies.
• Serve as a positive role model for participants in the class.
The time commitment for classroom assistants is at least 1 hour for training and Cooking Matters orientation and at least 3 hours a week for the duration of the class series (not including travel time to class location).
For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank's Cooking Matters program or to volunteer with one of our classes, please contact Kate McDonald at 504.729.2840.
For more information on Share Our Stength's Cooking Matters, please visit: www.cookingmatters.org.