Cooking Matters Class Assistant


Cause Areas


Sat Apr 07, 2018, 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM


BoiseBoise, ID 83704


We are looking for volunteers willing to support interactive, hands-on nutrition and food skills education for child care providers.

Nutrition Works, a sponsor of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), is offering a new and free training opportunity for child care professionals in Boise. As a partner of Share Our Strength, we are offering their Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals curriculum. This course teaches both home and center-based child care professionals about healthy meal preparation and creating a positive food environment for the children in their care. This hands-on, discussion-based training covers topics such as choosing healthy foods that appeal to children, encouraging positive mealtime attitudes, safe cooking with confidence, and menu management on a budget--all meant to provide participants with skills that can improve the health of the children in their care.

Class assistants support interactive, hands-on cooking and nutrition lessons (led by volunteer culinary and nutrition instructors) for child care providers who serve predominantly low-income families.

  • Work with team to set up classroom such as: arranging seating, sanitizing work areas, setting out cutting boards, utensils, ingredients, etc.
  • Set up nutrition visuals, activities, and administrative supplies. Hand out materials as needed.
  • Assemble take-home grocery bags for each child care provider.
  • Document class: take photos, write down quotes or stories.
  • Lead classroom clean-up: washing dishes, returning pots/pans/utensils to proper location, wipe down counters, gather and pack up materials.
  • Unload/load materials to/from truck.
  • Serve as a positive, professional, and fun role model, inspiring providers to prepare healthy meals and snacks on a budget.
  • Adhere to Cooking Matters program implementation standards.

Time Commitment:

  • The day-long class lasts 8 hours and will be offered a total of 4 Saturdays. We are seeking volunteers to commit to at least half of one day, however if you'd like to volunteer for an entire class or more than one training class, that would be wonderful!
    • Saturday, April 7th
    • Saturday, May 5th
    • Saturday, June 9th
    • Saturday, June 23rd
  • Volunteers spend travel time to and from class each week and must arrive one hour before the class is scheduled to begin. (Classes run 10am-6pm.) Plan for an additional hour after class to assist with clean-up.

Desired Qualifications & Skills:

  • Comfortable working with groups of up to 30 people.
  • Willingness to be trained on Cooking Matters curricula, to work as a team with volunteer nutrition educator and chef, and to adhere to program policies and team decisions.
  • Patience and flexibility.
  • Familiarity and/or experience with child care and provider needs is a bonus!


  • Cooking / Catering
  • Program Management
  • Adult Education
  • Customer Service
  • People Skills
  • Nutrition

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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