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Cooking Matters® at the Store

During a Cooking Matters® at the Store tour, participants learn smart shopping skills.

Cooking Matters® at the Store is a grocery store tour that helps Minnesota shoppers make smart food choices on a limited budget. This course is based on a growing need for families to learn how to make the best possible use of their resources.

How Does Cooking Matters® at the Store Work?

This class meets one time for two hours in a local grocery store. It is designed to teach adults and is intended for those living on a budget (income guidelines apply).

Four research-based objectives are covered in every tour. Participants are expected to:

  1. Identify at least three economical ways of purchasing fruits and vegetables
  2. Practice comparing unit prices
  3. Practice comparing food labels
  4. Practice identifying whole grains

Cooking Matters® at the Store was developed based on research showing that careful food shopping practices, such as price comparison and nutrition label use, are associated with measures of better dietary quality. The program aims to promote real changes to food shopping habits by creating a dynamic learning experience for participants.

Those who complete the tour and short survey receive a wallet-size calculator, a reusable cloth shopping bag, and a booklet with the information presented in the tour, as well as 15 healthy recipes to try at home. Materials are available in both English and Spanish.

Courses are available in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area as well as in greater Minnesota. Please Contact us for additional information or to arrange a tour.

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