The Cooking Matters Program offers cooking and nutrition classes to community members in low income areas focused on maximizing food resources. 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 Nutritionist and a Class Assistant who work alongside a staff coordinator to facilitate fun, lively and informative classes for participants. Participants work with the volunteers in 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.
The Nutrition Educator Role
As an educator, you must have a strong background in nutrition, food science, dietetics, or a related field. Important things to discuss include the MyPlate model as a tool for healthy eating, planning balanced meals, benefits of fruits and vegetables, food budgeting, label reading, whole grains and fiber and physical activity. The classes are interactive and the nutritionist will often act as facilitator for the activities to teach and reinforce the lessons for each week. The nutritionist also serves as a positive role model by emphasizing the benefits of nutritious eating and motivating participants to improve their eating habits.
Classes meet once a week for six weeks. Each week the classes require a time commitment of two hours plus 30 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of clean up. Volunteers are encouraged to contribute to all facets of the class, including lesson planning, set-up, clean-up, and food preparation. All together for one course series, you will commit about 18 hours of volunteer time, in addition to any lesson planning and prep.
Once you complete our volunteer application, you will be invited to a new volunteer orientation held at Solid Ground, 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 who are interested in practicing how to facilitate cooking and nutrition to groups, in addition to offering other trainings as needed.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- 3 hours weekly for 6-7 weeks
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