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Who we are:

Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters empowers families with the skills to stretch their food budgets so children get healthy meals at home. Cooking Matters MA envisions a future in which all Massachusetts children have the nutritious foods they need to grow, learn, and thrive, and all parents and caregivers have the knowledge and skills to prepare delicious, balanced meals.

What we do:

Cooking Matters MA partners with community organizations and volunteer culinary and nutrition instructors to offer six-week cooking courses and one-time grocery store tours to participants. Our participants are a diverse population of families, many of whom are enrolled in federal assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Through Cooking Matters programming, participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.

Volunteer 101

  • 3 hour commitment per week for a six week course
  • Courses are held state-wide at community organizations
  • Courses are scheduled Monday-Friday, between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM

Volunteer Roles

  • Instructors combine their own knowledge and experience with the lesson plans provided
  • Culinary Instructors - are usually culinary school graduates, currently enrolled in a culinary training program, have at least two years working as a cook or a chef, or are very confident as a home cook.
  • Class Assistants - help before, during and after classes. Duties may include shopping for food, handing out materials, engaging participants, set up and clean up.
  • Nutrition Instructors - are typically graduates of or enrolled in dietetics programs or have at least two years working in a nutrition or dietetics position.

Learn More about our programming by visiting our website, emailing us at CookingMattersMA@strength.org or signing up for an upcoming training. Training dates available at ma.cookingmatters.org/events

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About Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters


383 Dorchester Ave., Suite 230, South Boston, MA 02127, US

Mission Statement

Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters empowers low-income families with the skills to stretch their food budgets so their children get healthy meals at home, as part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals. Cooking Matters helps families maximize the benefits they receive through federal nutrition programs like SNAP (food stamps) and WIC (Women, Infants and Children).


Cooking Matters serves families across the country through:

  • Hands-On, Six-Week Courses

Community partners that serve low-income families offer six-week Cooking Matters courses to adults, kids and families. Each course is team-taught by a volunteer chef and nutrition educator and covers meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting and nutrition. Adult and teen participants take home a bag of groceries at the end of each class.

  • Interactive Grocery Store Tours

Cooking Matters at the Store tours provide families with hands-on education as they shop for food, giving them skills to compare foods for cost and nutrition. Participants learn how to plan and budget for healthy, affordable, and delicious meals for their families.

  • Mobile, Online and Educational Tools

Recipes, videos, toolkits and fun kids’ handouts are available at CookingMatters.org and in the smartphone app, Cooking Matters.

Founded in 1993, Cooking Matters has been featured by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move! campaign and recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for excellence in nutrition education. Cooking Matters is nationally sponsored by Walmart. To learn more, visit Cooking Matters.org.


We'll work with your schedule.


383 Dorchester AveBoston, MA 02127



  • Cooking / Catering
  • Adult Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Nutrition




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Three hours per week for six weeks

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