Cooking Matters

Volunteer to be a Chef, Sous Chef, Shopper or Nutritionist.  Visit our volunteer page to learn more.

“It made me more adventurous in my cooking. I am better at adding veggies to things and trying new things.”

“I shop differently and use more fresh fruits and vegetables.”

“It has changed the way I look at my kitchen and has saved me more than $200 a month on food.”

The Program

For 20 years, Cooking Matters has empowered families with the skills to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals so their children get nutritious food at home.  As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals.

The program utilizes home cooks, professional chefs, and nutritionists who volunteer their time and expertise to lead hands-on courses that teach adults, teens and kids how to purchase and prepare nutritious foods in healthful, safe and tasty ways. This knowledge can mean the difference between feeding families for just one night, and making sure they have the knowledge, skills and resources to prepare healthy meals for a lifetime.

CR_CookingMatters-225x300Skills taught:

  • Meal preparation
  • Food budgeting
  • Grocery shopping for simple meals
  • Nutrition and tips for healthy eating

What’s provided?

  • Bag of groceries with every class
  • Recipe Book
  • Child care*
  • Transportation*
  • Interpretive skills*

* Dependent on class and location

2017 Course Schedule

All courses are held 1x per week for 6 weeks. Participants are asked to register and commit to the full 6 week course. Courses are open to households at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

La Pine

Date: Mondays 4-6pm, April 10 – May 15
: La Pine Community Kitchen
On the corner of Finely Butte and Bonnie Way

To Register for the La Pine Cooking Course call Teri Myers at 541-350-4717


Dates: April 3 – May 8, Mondays 5:30-8:30
: Senior Center

To Register for Madras call Jess at 541-390-3572 or email


When: Apr 19-May 24, 5-7:30pm
Location: OSU Open Campus,
510 SE Lynn Blvd., Prineville

To register call Jess at 541-390-3572 or email


Date: April 4 – May 9, Tuesdays 3-5pm
: Cascade Culinary Institute

To register please call Jess at 541-390-3572 or email

Warm Springs

Location: Community Center
Dates: Fall TBD