“I learned that frozen fruits with no added sugars are about as healthy as fresh fruits, but can be a more affordable option when something is not in season.”

 

        -Cooking Matters at the Store Pop-up tour participant

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Georgia Communities are "Hungry for Healthy"

That's why Open Hand invested in a private-public partnership with Wayfield Foods, Inc. and the USDA to launch a Healthy Retail marketing campaign titled “Are you Hungry for Healthy”.

The goal of the initiative is to provide nutrition and wellness information for underserved communities and to ensure individuals and families who use EBT are purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables when they are at the store.

The campaign launch featured new promotional materials in the produce section featuring Sesame Street characters, grocery store tours, food demonstrations, health screenings, and raffles for community members. Stop by Wayfield Foods on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to see this program in action!

Cooking Matters and WIC District 4 partnership strengthen the nutrition-education programming by providing Cooking Matters at the store and store pop-up tours to 300 WIC families. Together we are promoting a nourishing environment for children in GA and empowering families to succeed.

WIC District 4

  • LOW-INCOME FAMILIES THAT REGULARLY PLAN MEALS, WRITE GROCERY LIST  AND BUDGET FOR FOOD MAKE HEALTHY MEALS MORE OFTEN (5+ TIMES A WEEK) THAN THOSE WHO DON'T.

"Showed me that being healthy is key, and things you eat can really affect your life"

                                    - Cooking Matters teen graduate 


  • Center for Black Women’s Wellness
  • ​CHRIS 180
  • Concerted Services Senior Center
  • Latin American Association
  • Families First
  • Savannah Children’s Museum
  • Wellspring Living
  • WIC District 4 and 9

For more information on how to become a partner check the become a partner information.

Since 2008, Cooking Matters has partnered with more than 200 community organizations throughout the state.

Cooking Matters at the Store and East Atlanta Village Farmers Market  partner up to introduce new low-income families to the market and Wholesome Wave Georgia.We teamed up with East Atlanta Kids Club to share the many benefits of eating seasonally and how to get the most nutrition for their dollars!


  • OF LOW-INCOME PARENTS SAY THAT EATING HEALTHY MEALS IS IMPORTANT TO THEIR FAMILIES.

Mercy Care and Cooking Matters celebrating their first Adults class at the new Chamblee clinic!


The partnership between Mercy Care and Cooking Matters has been a success! These participants learned to modify recipes to be healthier and culturally appropriate.

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

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

SUCCESS STORIES

At Community Assistance Center, Adults from different countries ( Mexico, Iran, Venezuela, Colombia) come together to learn how to speak English and cook together. The meals they prepared together were very different form what each participant cooked at home, however they were able to adapt the recipes to their culture by adding ingredients specific to their culture. 

COOKING MATTERS GEORGIA

" Cooking Matters helps WIC families become more aware of food items offered on the WIC Vouchers and of the food value both nutritionally and financially. The program has had a positive impact on District 4 WIC families by connecting them with the basic nutrition information, cooking skills they need to prepare and provide healthy meals."                                                                                               - Darlene Hamilton-Brown

                                    Public Health Ed,. CLC, WIC District 4


"I am so happy because I learned how I can follow a grocery list."

                                               -Cooking Matters Adult graduate


Recent Partners

Youth who do not have enough healthy food can also suffer from inability to focus and may perform poorly in academic settings. This is why Open Hand partnered with Emmaus House to teach health promoting habits that will last a lifetime through Cooking Matters.