Cooking Matters Maine
Since 1993, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters has provided low-income people at risk of hunger with hands-on cooking and nutrition classes led by volunteer professional chefs and nutritionists. These four to six week classes are held in local community agencies and schools. Classes are free to participants and host agencies. At each class, participants receive a bag of groceries and recipes to try at home.
In Maine, Cooking Matters is a program of Good Shepherd Food Bank. Classes are offered in all 16 counties through a partnership with Maine SNAP-Ed.*
What classes are offered through Cooking Matters Maine?
Based on the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Cooking Matters Maine curriculum teaches healthy eating habits, cooking skills, food shopping and budgeting. Each class focuses on a theme such as fruits and vegetables, cutting fat or healthy snacking. Chefs add their own creative touches with low-cost, nutritious recipes they create and demonstrate with participants’ help.
Cooking Matters for Adults
For low-income adults, this class covers topics such as planning balanced meals, basic cooking skills, smart shopping and good sanitation.
Cooking Matters for Kids
For kids ages 7-12, this class uses the food guide pyramid to teach about nutrition and healthy snacking.
Cooking Matters for Families
A class where school-age children and their families come together in the kitchen to learn about healthy eating.
Cooking Matters for Parents
Similar to the Adults class, this curriculum also includes how to foster healthy eating habits in children.
Cooking Matters for Teens
This class teaches teens the basics of nutrition, cooking and healthy eating.
Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals
A class where child care professionals learn how to prepare nutritious meals and snacks for the kids in their care.
Cooking Matters at the Store
A grocery store tour where participants learn how to shop for healthy foods on a tight budget.
Cooking Matters Maine is locally sponsored by
Cooking Matters is nationally sponsored by
*Maine SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented through a contract with the University of New England (UNE). Maine’s SNAP-Ed utilizes the Healthy Maine Partnership agencies statewide as access points for SNAP-Ed delivery. The program strives to educate Maine SNAP recipients on low cost, healthy eating and active lifestyles.