Cooking Matters seeks volunteers to assist our Chef Instructors with cooking and nutrition education classes.
About Cooking Matters
Cooking Matters offers cooking and nutrition classes focused on maximizing food resources to community members in low-income areas. We provide hands-on education, combining cooking, nutrition, menu planning, budgeting, kitchen safety and sanitation.
Each Cooking Matters class is led by a team of three trained volunteers - a Chef, a Nutrition Instructor and a Class Assistant - who work alongside a staff coordinator to facilitate fun, lively and informative classes for participants. Volunteers work with the participants on educational activities and preparing a shared meal. Classes are held at community organizations, public and transitional housing sites, schools, and other service-providing agencies throughout Seattle and King County.
Cooking Matters Class Assistant
Volunteer class assistants help instructors and facilitators with classroom set-up, food preparation, class activities, and clean-up. Other duties may include packing groceries for participants to take home, unloading and loading kitchen equipment, and washing dishes. Volunteers with an interest in cooking and/or nutrition are encouraged to apply for this position.
Once you attend the Solid Ground New Volunteer Orientation and complete the volunteer application process, please attend our Cooking Matters New Volunteer Training, where you will learn more about Cooking Matters and volunteer expectations, including getting your Food Handler’s Permit. Next you will be asked to observe a class already in session. After the orientation and observation, you will be able to sign up for any open volunteer class positions. We also offer Chef and Nutrition training for those interested in practicing how to facilitate cooking and nutrition with groups, in addition to offering other trainings as needed.
- Interest in food justice/food security, cooking, nutrition education
- Ability to work with staff, volunteers and participants with a variety of racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, lifestyles and sexual orientations
- Ability to be non-judgmental, positive, respectful, creative, consistent and flexible
- Willingness to work both as part of a team and independently
(This opportunity qualifies for RSVP applicants.)
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Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 3 hours weekly for 6-7 weeks
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