Cooking Matters Maine

Since 1993,

Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program provides participants with hands-on cooking and nutrition classes led by volunteer chefs and nutritionists. These four to six-week classes are offered across the state in partnership with community organizations. Classes are free to participants and host sites. 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 partnerships with Maine SNAP-Ed*, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)**, 5-2-1-0, and other community organizations.

If you are interested in participating in Cooking Matters or learning more about hosting a Cooking Matters class in your area, please contact Denise Gaudette, Cooking Matters Manager at Good Shepherd Food Bank, or (207) 782-3554 X1129

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.

Chopped vegetables and vegetable peeler with a healthy Cooking Matters recipe.

Cooking Matters is Sponsored by:


*Maine SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is administered by the Office for Family Independence (OFI) at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented statewide by the University of New England (UNE) through contracts with local community organizations. Maine SNAP-Ed educates families experiencing low income on low-cost healthy eating and active lifestyles.

**The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is federally funded through the National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA), and is free to income-eligible parents, caregivers, young adults, teens, and children. EFNEP staff provide both virtual and in-person education in each county across the state.