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Cooking Matters to Me

Before taking a Cooking Matters course, Yadira went to the grocery store once per week without a plan. Once the groceries were unloaded and she was in the kitchen faced with the task of preparing a meal, Yadira often found that cooking felt stressful and haphazard

“When you eat family style, you eliminate the ‘grass is always greener effect.’ The kiddos and teachers are all eating the same thing, encouraging each other. Some kids are more apt to join in and try the foods when everyone is engaging in the serving process.”    

Marie is a hardworking mother with three children ages 13, 4 and 8 months. Like all parents, Marie cares about preparing healthy, affordable, tasty meals for her family.

Rosario and her husband emigrated from Chihuahua, Mexico fourteen years ago with their two older children and worked for many years in a dairy. Rosario is grateful that they have been able to prosper here despite some obstacles and says that resources such as SNAP and community education classes have been helpful.  

Since taking a Cooking Matters at the Store tour, Michelle has lost 108 pounds. She has also shed decades of bad habits and ensured a lifetime of healthy eating choices for her three-year-old son.

Lareese at store.

Since Cooking Matters, there’s a difference in how Lareese and her two children eat. She is stretching her food assistance dollars and enjoying healthy food. “Before, I thought of eating healthy as bland and nasty. You can eat healthy and still have tasteful food,” she says.

Stacy and Erik live in Colorado with their two young daughters. With both parents in school and working, money is tight. Cooking Matters was offered at their local Head Start center. “I feel like I was wasting a lot of money,” Stacy says of her time before Cooking Matters.

Perla and her two children live in Colorado. It’s a crowded household, with three generations living under one roof. Perla learned about Cooking Matters through the kids’ school and signed up to take the class with her mother. “We really loved it,” Perla says.

Cooking Matters to Me

Before taking a Cooking Matters course, Yadira went to the grocery store once per week without a plan. Once the groceries were unloaded and she was in the kitchen faced with the task of preparing a meal, Yadira often found that cooking felt stressful and haphazard

“When you eat family style, you eliminate the ‘grass is always greener effect.’ The kiddos and teachers are all eating the same thing, encouraging each other. Some kids are more apt to join in and try the foods when everyone is engaging in the serving process.”    

Marie is a hardworking mother with three children ages 13, 4 and 8 months. Like all parents, Marie cares about preparing healthy, affordable, tasty meals for her family.

Rosario and her husband emigrated from Chihuahua, Mexico fourteen years ago with their two older children and worked for many years in a dairy. Rosario is grateful that they have been able to prosper here despite some obstacles and says that resources such as SNAP and community education classes have been helpful.  

Since taking a Cooking Matters at the Store tour, Michelle has lost 108 pounds. She has also shed decades of bad habits and ensured a lifetime of healthy eating choices for her three-year-old son.

Lareese at store.

Since Cooking Matters, there’s a difference in how Lareese and her two children eat. She is stretching her food assistance dollars and enjoying healthy food. “Before, I thought of eating healthy as bland and nasty. You can eat healthy and still have tasteful food,” she says.

Stacy and Erik live in Colorado with their two young daughters. With both parents in school and working, money is tight. Cooking Matters was offered at their local Head Start center. “I feel like I was wasting a lot of money,” Stacy says of her time before Cooking Matters.

Perla and her two children live in Colorado. It’s a crowded household, with three generations living under one roof. Perla learned about Cooking Matters through the kids’ school and signed up to take the class with her mother. “We really loved it,” Perla says.

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