Capital Area Food Bank has partnered with the national nonprofit, Share Our Strength to offer Cooking Matters® in the DC Metropolitan Area for over 17 years. Cooking Matters teaches families at risk of hunger how to get more food for their money and better nourishment from those foods, as part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Volunteer culinary and nutrition experts lead six-week cooking and nutrition courses and hour-long Shopping Matters® grocery store tours where participants learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in delicious and healthy ways.
In 2011, Cooking Matters helped 100,000 individuals at risk of hunger in 41 states get more from their food resources—more than double the number of people reached in 2010. Today, 85 percent of participants in our six-week courses graduate, taking with them improved nutrition practices, eating habits and food budgeting skills.