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Cooking Matters Volunteer Nutrition Instructor

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ORGANIZATION: Capital Area Food Bank

  • 28 people are interested

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Position Overview:

Cooking Matters is a national 6-week, hands-on nutrition and cooking educational series developed by Share Our Strength. It is offered through the Capital Area Food Bank to limited resource participants around the DC Metropolitan Area. As a Nutrition Instructor, you will have the opportunity to work with a passionate team of volunteers to engage and encourage participants to choose healthier foods for a healthier lifestyle.

Classes are taught by a team of volunteer nutrition instructors, culinary instructors, and class assistants and cover basic nutrition, cooking, meal planning, and shopping. Classes are two hours in length and participants take home a grocery bag of ingredients to replicate class recipes at home. Volunteers receive the curriculum that will be taught in class. There are different curricula for a variety of different audiences including children 8 to 12 years old, adults, teens, teen parents, families, adults with preschool-aged children, and adults with specific medical conditions. Please visit for more information on the Cooking Matters Program.

Basic Function:

  • Teach low-income individuals at risk of hunger how to select, purchase, and prepare healthy low-cost food.

Primary Duties:

  • Teach the nutrition lesson components of a 6-week cooking & nutrition education class series to a group of 12-16 participants, using the lesson plans and recipes for each class provided by established curricula
  • Use visuals and hands-on activities, and ask open-ended questions so that each class participant can actively participate and learn from each other
  • Work in partnership with a volunteer Culinary Instructor to lead the class
  • Highlight and supplement nutrition information with own culinary/health knowledge and experience

Minimum Requirements:

  • Strong knowledge of nutrition and health. Nutrition/medical/health professional or B.S in Nutrition strongly preferred. Experience with nutrition education a plus. Highly motivated and experienced Senior nutrition students also acceptable and may work in pairs to lead the nutrition lessons in class
  • Interest in working with low-income individuals with diverse backgrounds
  • Dedication to helping alleviate hunger and poverty
  • Teaching and/or leadership experience
  • Communication or public speaking skills; comfortable speaking in front of an audience
  • Ability to travel to class location
  • Willingness to be trained in the Share Our Strength curricula, and plan for lesson delivery
  • Willingness to work as a team and adhere to program policies and procedures

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to stand for 2 hours and lead a hands-on, cooking & nutrition education class

Volunteer Work Schedule:

  • 3 hours a day for one day a week for six consecutive weeks (2 hours for class, hour for set-up, and hour for clean-up) plus lesson planning and preparation time on own


  • Various times depending on site schedules

Position Location:

  • Different community sites throughout the DC Metropolitan area

Impact of this volunteer opportunity:

  • Make a real difference in the lives of people at risk of hunger
  • Gain teaching experience
  • Meet a new and diverse group of people

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About Capital Area Food Bank


4900 Puerto Rico Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20017, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank is to create access to good, healthy food in every community.


In a region as large as metropolitan Washington, ensuring everyone has access to good, healthy food takes a significant community effort-which is why we partner with over 450 nonprofit organizations in DC and the surrounding region. Together, we provide 30 million meals to almost half a million area residents, every year. And because we know that food alone won’t solve hunger, we also address the root causes of hunger through multiple education programs and innovative service delivery partnerships.

It’s a big undertaking. And it’s all made possible by the generosity of our donors, the hard work of our partners, and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.


Homeless & Housing
Community, Homeless & Housing, Hunger


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4900 Puerto Rico Ave, NEWashington DC, DC 20017




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