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Cooking Matters Maine

Courses are free to participants and host sites.

Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Maine program provides Mainers with hands-on cooking and nutrition classes led by volunteer chefs and nutritionists. These 4-6 week courses are free to participants and host sites and are available in all 16 counties through partnerships with Maine SNAP-Ed.

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.

A girl cuts fresh produce at a Cooking Matters class.

Nutritious knowledge for all

Learn new cooking methods, better eating habits, and mindful meal preparation.

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Come together with your kids in the kitchen to make meal time exciting and informative.


Foster healthy eating habits by learning to make nutritious meals, delicious.


Prepare your teen with the necessary basics of nutrition, cooking, and healthy eating.


Tour the grocery store and learn how to shop for healthy foods on a tight budget.

Care Professionals

Learn how to best prepare nutritious meals for the little eaters in your care.

Get cooking with Good Shepherd Food Bank

Courtney Kennedy helps an older woman with a Cooking Matters recipe in Waterboro, Maine.

Volunteer for a Class

Share your valuable knowledge of cooking or nutrition with your neighbors by volunteering to teach a class in your local community!

A screenshot of broccoli cheddar soup, taken from the Recipes playlist on the Good Shepherd Food Bank YouTube channel

Make a New Recipe

It’s time to ignite your passion for cooking! Dive into our YouTube channel to unlock new recipes that are simple, healthy, and delicious. 

Hands cutting cucumbers on a Cooking Matters mat

Cook at Home

Simply enter the ingredients you have on hand to find delicious, nutritious, and easy-to-make recipes that the whole family will enjoy!

Cooking Matters Maine Partners

The Nutrition and Education Team

Meet the team that supports our Cooking Matters program.


Cooking Matters Maine Trainings and Resources

Classes are offered in all 16 counties through partnerships with Maine SNAP-Ed, Eat Well Nutrition Program, 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go!, and other community organizations.