Cooking Matters

About this program

Foodlink is proud to be a lead partner of Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, a national program that works to make sure all kids have the healthy food they need every day.

Cooking Matters empowers families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals. Alongside volunteer culinary and nutrition experts, course participants learn to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients, and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible to their families.

Courses available through Foodlink include:

  • Cooking Matters for Adults
  • Cooking Matters for Kids
  • Cooking Matters for Families
  • Cooking Matters for Teens
  • Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals
  • Cooking Matters for Parents

Cooking Matters now offers programming in Wayne and Ontario counties! Contact us to learn more.



Chef Instructors provide leadership for course curriculum. Volunteers must have background in the culinary arts and/or restaurant experience.

Nutrition Educators help facilitate and guide the group. Registered dietitians, those with a nutrition or food science background, and dietetic interns are encouraged to apply.

Class Assistants provide support and organizational assistance throughout the 6-week course.

Interpreters and Translators are a key source between the course instructors and participants who are non-English speaking and/or from the deaf community.

Photo and Video Journalists will attend 2-3 Cooking Matters classes and produce high quality images and/or a video segment for marketing use.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this volunteer application. 

Cooking Matters at the Store

Cooking Matters at the Store, made possible through a sponsorship with MVP Health Care, is an interactive grocery store tour for that teaches low-income adults how to shop for healthy, affordable food. Participants learn to find whole grains, buy fruits and vegetables on a tight budget, compare unit prices, and read food labels. Tours are offered in English and Spanish throughout our 10-county service area to groups of low-income adults. If you or a group is interested in attending, please call Margaret Liljedahl, Nutrition Education Manager, at (585) 413-4051 or email




To learn more about becoming a host site, volunteer opportunities through Cooking Matters, or signing up for classes, contact Margaret Liljedahl, Nutrition Education Manager, at (585) 413-4051 or email

For more information about Share Our Strength’s National Program, visit or

Popular Cooking Matters Recipes:
Southwestern Black Eyed Pea Corn Salad
Turkey Tacos
Sweet Potato Fries