The Cooking Matters Campaign, a Share Our Strength program and one of the resources offered by Extension's Healthy Aging initiative, is helping end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make healthy, affordable food choices. Courses meet for two hours, once a week for six weeks and are team-taught by a volunteer chef and nutrition educator. Lessons cover meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting and nutrition. Participants practice fundamental food skills, including using proper knife techniques, reading ingredient labels, cutting up a whole chicken and making a healthy meal for a family of four on a $10 budget.
Cooking Matters' one-time educational virtual grocery store tour provides participants with the skills to shop strategically and choose healthier foods to prepare balanced meals.
The program will be offered to grandparents and foster grandparents throughout Nevada. In southern Nevada, the program will be offered through respite programs. It will also be offered in other parts of Nevada, including Churchill and Lyon counties, for tri-generational families where grandparents are responsible for the day-to-day care of their grandchildren.