Cooking Matters® is a six-week cooking and nutrition education program that aims to empower low-income families to shop for and prepare healthy, delicious meals on a budget. Each course is team-taught by a volunteer chef and nutrition educator with the support of a classroom manager. Courses consist of weekly, 2-hour classes that cover meal preparation, food budgeting, grocery shopping, and nutrition. Cooking Matters offers a courses for a variety of audiences, including Kids, Teens, Adults, and Families.
Cooking Matters® courses are currently offered on an ongoing basis at community organizations and Second Harvest member agencies throughout Carbon, Lehigh, and Northampton counties.
Cooking Matters® is a program of Share Our Strength, a national anti-hunger organization that aspires to end hunger and poverty in the United States with the primary goal of ending childhood hunger with its No Kid Hungry Campaign. Second Harvest offers this program in partnership with Share Our Strength.
Cooking Matters at the Store
Cooking Matters at the Store is a one-time, interactive grocery store tour that provides low-income families with hands-on education as they shop for food, giving them skills to compare foods for cost and nutrition. Participants learn how to plan and budget for healthy, affordable, and delicious meals for their families and receive a $10 gift card to practice using the topics discussed on the tour. Cooking Matters at the Store tours are offered for between 6 and 8 participants and can be offered in all counties served by Second Harvest.
Second Harvest is a licensed milk sub-dealer and provides deeply discounted quarts and half-gallons of fresh milk from Pennsylvania dairy farms to its member agencies for distribution to area families in need.