Volunteers are a key part of a successful, sustainable Cooking Matters® program in Minnesota. Cooking Matters® MN combines the expertise of Extension in the area of nutrition with local chefs, classroom assistants, shoppers, translators, etc. who volunteer their time and talents to teach Minnesota families how to create healthy, delicious meals on a limited budget. Our goal is to increase the confidence of our participants so they know how to go to the grocery store, make healthy choices and cook them in a way their family will want to eat.
Cooking Matters® Volunteer Positions
The culinary instructor will serve as a teacher and role model, teaching key skills and inspiring participants to cook more healthy, inexpensive meals at home.
The class shopper with ensure that each class is stocked with the healthy, inexpensive foods needed to give participants hands-on practice preparing meals they can then make for themselves at home.
The class manager is responsible for overall class management and will work to facilitate each course by communicating with the team to ensure that each class runs smoothly so that participants receive the highest quality learning experience.
The class assistant will ensure that each class runs smoothly by helping to unload and arrange groceries and supplies, assembling the take-home grocery bags, setting up and breaking down the classroom, and assisting the chef and nutrition educator.
Step 1: Complete Volunteer Form
Step 2: Attend Volunteer Orientation
Step 3: Sign up for a Course
See the related program: SNAP-Education