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Cooking Matters AmeriCorps

Primary Contact: Courtney Kennedy
62 Elm Street, Portland, ME 04101
3121 Hotel Rd, Auburn, ME 04210
phone: (207) 782-3554
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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. Founded in 1993, Cooking Matters and thousands of volunteer instructors have helped more than 265,000 low-income families in communities across the country learn how to eat better for less. In Maine, Share Our Strength collaborates with Good Shepherd Food Bank to deliver programming statewide.

Share Our Strength founded Cooking Matters on a unique model of collaboration between Share Our Strength and local program partners that leverages the strengths of all involved. Share Our Strength provides professional-level curricula and instructional materials, training, evaluation and national leadership support while local program partners provide hands-on, grassroots-level resources, program customizations and relationships that are best addressed on the local level. This collaborative program model makes Cooking Matters uniquely effective, efficient and sustainable among national nonprofit education programs.

AmeriCorps members help Cooking Matters partners across the U.S. as they empower families on tight budgets to prepare healthy and affordable meals. In Cooking Matters, AmeriCorps members play a significant role in reaching the families we serve, contributing to approximately 20% of participants reached through courses and tours as well as helping to leverage thousands of additional volunteers.