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NOVA Cooking Matters, Culinary Instructor

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ORGANIZATION: Capital Area Food Bank

  • 1 person is interested

If you're interested in this position, please click here to complete our online application. This volunteer position takes place out of our NOVA office at 6833 Hill Park Drive Lorton, VA 22079 .

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 Culinary 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 www.cookingmatters.org for more information on the Cooking Matters Program.

Primary Duties:

  • Teach the cooking 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.
  • Break down recipe steps into simple, do-able tasks so that each class participant can be involved in food prep/cooking at a cooking station
  • Work in partnership with a volunteer nutition to lead the class
  • Highlight and supplement culinary information with your own culinary/nutition/health knowledge and experience.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Professional training or experience in the culinary industry (at least 1-2 years preferred)
  • Experience with culinary education or teaching
  • Excellent communication or public speaking skills
  • Reliable transportation

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. Hours will vary depending on site location.

Position Location:

  • Different community sites throughout the Fairfax County

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.




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6833 Hill Park DriveLorton, VA 22079




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