Cooking Matters is a campaign of Nourish Colorado, an organization working to end hunger and poverty. Cooking Matters® is offered in Garfield County to inspire families to make healthy, affordable food choices. Registered dietitian nutritionists and volunteers lead cooking and nutrition courses and one-time Cooking Matters at the store tours. Participants learn how to shop on a budget and cook healthy meals. Classes can take place in person or online through Zoom. Cooking Matters is nationally sponsored by the ConAgra Foods® Foundation and Walmart. For information on local upcoming events, visit the Facebook page, Cooking Matters Garfield County. For more recipe ideas, tools, and handouts, visit cookingmatters.org.
Cooking Matters programming options
Cooking Matters at home
Each course covers meal preparation, how to encourage healthy eating among children, food budgeting, grocery shopping tips, and nutrition education. Classes are one hour in length and can be scheduled as one-time events or bundled into a series (anywhere from 1-8 weeks).
Cooking Matters Core
Cooking Matters Core offers 12 lessons that can be delivered in 30–60-minute classes. Lessons can be taught individually or combined into a series to meet audience needs. Each course teaches participants how to plan and prepare quick, budget-friendly, enjoyable meals at home and increase new food acceptance from kids.
Hands-on, six-week courses
Each course covers meal preparation, grocery shopping tips, food budgeting, and nutrition. Courses take place over 6 weeks, for 2 hours each week. Three types of courses are available:
- Cooking Matters for Families (parents and kids)
- Cooking Matters for Parents (parents only)
- Cooking Matters for Adults (adults 18 years+)
Interactive grocery store tours
Cooking Matters at the Store tours provide families with hands-on education while shopping for food. Tours teach participants how to read food labels, compare unit prices, include a variety of fruits and vegetables, identify whole grains, and select lean proteins. Participants learn how to plan and budget for healthy, affordable, and delicious meals.
Childcare professional training
Childcare professionals implement healthy meal preparation, food safety, and how to help children try new foods. Participants learn to create a positive food environment for the kids in their care.
For more information or to sign up for a class contact:
Public Health Nutritionist and Cooking Matters Coordinator
970-625-5200, ext. 2036