Share Your Cooking Skills with People Living on Low Incomes


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple Locations in Seattle and King CountyKing County, WA 98101


Cooking Matters Cooking Matters 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. 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.

Chef Instructor During class, the chef will discuss topics such as food budgeting, planning meals, making healthy cooking choices, and making informed decisions at the grocery store. The classes are intended to be highly participatory, meaning that the "students" will be cooking with you! It is important to keep the participants busy with various tasks and allow for hands on learning in the kitchen, while making sure that they are using safe techniques. Some cooking skills to demonstrate and practice in class are, proper knife handling and skills, various cooking methods, food safety, recipe reading and sanitation practices.


Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 hours weekly for 6-7 weeks

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