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Cooking what matters. 

Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters™ courses include six weekly, two-hour lessons to help families with limited resources make healthy snacks and meals using foods that are commonly available in stores and food pantries.

Our Cooking Matters coordinators, along with specialized volunteers, provides hands-on training to low-income individuals at no cost! Classes are available for:

  • Adults (special addendums are available for those with Diabetes)
  • Families with children ages 6 to 12
  • Childcare Professionals
  • Cooking Matters for Parents

Cooking Matters helps solve the dual problem of food insecurity and obesity.

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  • Are they participating in the free and reduced rate lunch program, Medicaid recipients, enrolled in SNAP, or beneficiaries of any other programs that assist low-income individuals?
  • Choose the option that reflects what kind of space of you have and its access to a sink.


If you are ready to make this amazing program available to your clients, please submit the form or contact our staff:

  • Jessie Henderson, Cooking Matters Program Manager, 719.418.4300
  • Lindy Webb, Pueblo Cooking Matters Coordinator, 719.418.4304
  • Taylor Hargis, Colorado Springs Cooking Matters Coordinator, 719.528.1247

If you have culinary or nutrition expertise, including enjoying assisting in the kitchen or shopping for groceries, and would like to volunteer please reach out to one of our staff members listed above.


Ranea, Colorado Springs, CO

Before Cooking Matters, Ranea wasn’t eating enough nutritious food. She would skip breakfast, be really tired in class and wouldn’t pay attention.

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“Thank you for providing a place to learn more than a cooking class. The way you teach shows us more than how to create a good meal. I haven’t experienced this style of class ever. It’s okay to make mistakes [because] you show ways to fix and remedy just about any blunder. For me this class has given me hope to start over again! You have made this class pleasant and fun, I hope and look forward to becoming a better cook and dad for my family…I now want to live with an open positive heart. Before I was so closed down I had given up. Now I see there are so many good people to live for. ”

- Cooking Matters Participant