Did you know that families who live under the poverty line often say that healthy meals are to expensive. Did you know that the biggest reason we overspend in the grocery store is because we don’t have a list and a plan? Sometimes all it takes is better education and that’s what Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program, made possible through a $2.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, aims to accomplish.
The Cooking Matters Program:
The Cooking Matters Program helps families prepare healthy meals on a budget. Their six week courses are taught to families and help with everything from developing a healthy and affordable meal plan to cooking new recipes. Try feeding a family of 4 for only $10 a meal!
Tips For Shopping:
- Compare unit prices.
- Shop what is in season and compare prices on fruits and vegetables.
- See what you have in your fridge.
Key Nutrition Info:
- Always read the nutrition facts label.
- Look for whole grains.
- Decide if you will use fresh, frozen or canned foods.
- Find delicious recipes.
As a family you can share better meals. Try cooking together and getting everyone involved. Be flexible with your schedule every week so everyone can eat together. Talk about your day and enjoy being together and if you can make meal time a learning adventure it will help strengthen your family. Everyone always seems to enjoy meals we prepare together much better and it’s a nice way to end the day and come together.
Cooking Matters courses are offered by a network of community organizations that are serving low-income families. So those partners, like a food bank or pantry, will recruit families from within the area that they are already serving. At this time the general public cannot participate in class or tour. But there are several ways the public can get involved:
- Go to http://www.cookingmatters.org to check out the information that is taught in the program there!
- Lead a Cooking Matters at the Store Tour
- Download the Cooking Matters Recipe App
- Learn more about becomming a volunteer.
With Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters they are giving real families the tools they need to create better meals and even greater family bonds. I can’t think of a better way to help serve the community and Walmart is a proud supporter of this initiative. Learn more about Walmart’s commitment to hunger relief and nutrition education at foundation.walmart.com
Learn more about Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program and learn how you can help support families in your community.
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