This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- SNAP-Ed.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



Cooking Matters courses are designed as six weekly, two-hour lessons

Cooking Matters Georgia collaborates with community-based organizations and after-school programs to reach families in comfortable and accessible settings. In addition to recruiting course participants, community partners provide kitchen and classroom space, as well as interpreters and childcare as needed. A Open Hand course coordinator/ instructor serves as the liaison to the community partner and brings all cooking supplies, ingredients, and class materials to the site. Instructors share their education and experience in the culinary and nutrition fields, teaching course participants skills ranging from knife techniques to choosing healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables at the grocery store.

By initiating discussions and introducing activities that build upon participants’ own experiences, instructors create effective learning opportunities. Course participants build confidence in their new skills through active class participation, enabling positive behavior changes in daily life. Classmates also help one another by sharing feedback on each other’s progress. By using what they learn in class at home, Cooking Matters GA course graduates maximize their food resources, make healthier choices for their families, and prepare balanced, delicious meals. Because proper nutrition is critical for children’s health, development, and ability to learn, acquiring these skills can return important long-term benefits for a family’s physical and economic well-being.

Cooking Matters offers five specialized six-week course curricula:


  • Cooking Matters for Adults teaches adults (primarily adults with children) how to prepare and shop sensibly for healthy meals on a limited budget. Cooking Matters for Adults is available in both English and Spanish.
  • Cooking Matters for Parents teaches participants how to raise healthy eaters, get kids to love their fruits and veggies, involve their kids in the planning, shopping, and cooking of healthy meals.
  • Cooking Matters for Families teaches school-age children (ages 6 to 12) and their parents about healthy eating as a family and the importance of working together to plan and prepare healthy meals on a budget.
  • Cooking Matters for Teens teaches teens how to make healthy food choices, meals and snacks for themselves, their families and friends.
  • Cooking Matters for Kids teaches kids ages (8-12) about healthy eating and how they can make healthy simple snacks on their own.

Each Cooking Matters six-week course teaches kids and parents important lessons about self-sufficiency in the kitchen. Participants practice fundamental lessons including knife skills, reading ingredient labels, and making a healthy meal for a family of four on a $10 budget. 

If you are interested in hosting a Cooking Matters six-week course, please review information on becoming a partner organization.

For inquiries about hosting Cooking Matters seven-week course:

Sara Thorpe
(404) 419-3332

Si tiene preguntas en español sobre como organizar un curso de siete semana, contacte: 
Eliza Hernandez
(404) 419-1105