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How it works

About Cooking Matters®

Cooking Matters® is a cooking-based, nutrition education program that empowers people to eat healthier and make the best use of their food resources. Cooking Matters® plays a critical role in Share Our Strength®'s No Kid Hungry campaign which is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching how to cook healthy, affordable meals. Participants learn to shop smarter, make healthier food choices, and cook delicious meals.

Established in 1993, Cooking Matters® has grown nationally to serve more than 30,000 families per year. In 2011, we reached nearly 500 Minnesota families. Cooking Matters® is nationally sponsored by the ConAgra® Foods Foundation and Walmart.

Our Collaborative Program Model

Cooking Matters® Minnesota's collaborative model combines the resources of the national organization with University of Minnesota Extension’s Health and Nutrition program to deliver exceptional nutrition education at local host sites with the help of volunteers.

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