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:
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 six-week course: