Cooking Matters is a nutrition program where participants learn how to eat healthy, cook and grocery shop on a limited budget. This program is offered in the community for adults, families, and childcare providers.

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Michigan State University Extension is an implementing Cooking Matters partner with a statewide footprint. 

Cooking Matters hands-on courses serve limited resource families and offer six week long cooking courses to  parents, families, adults, and child care providers. Each course is team-taught by a culinary and nutrition educator.

Participants learn how to plan and budget for healthy, affordable, and delicious meals. Adult participants take home a bag of groceries to practice their new cooking skills with a recipe learned in each class. Adult courses are available in English and Spanish.

Class series are taught throughout the community including but not limited to community centers, churches, health sites, schools and local MSU Extension offices. Group series are available if there are 10 to 15 people, and at least half of the group is income eligible. 

We offer the following programs:

  • Cooking Matters for Parents teaches parents with young children how to prepare and shop sensibly for healthy meals on a budget. 
  • Cooking Matters for Families engages adults and school-aged youth together to learn about healthy eating, planning meals as a family, and working together in the kitchen. 
  • Cooking Matters for Adults teaches adults how to prepare and shop sensibly for healthy meals on a budget. 
  • Cooking Matters for Child Care Providers equips child care professionals with necessary skills to select safe, healthy meals on a budget for young children. 
  • Cooking Matters at the Store provides participants with hands-on education as they shop for food, giving them skills to compare foods for cost and nutrition. 

If you are interested in the Cooking Matters program, please contact us at cookingm@msu.edu.

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Our Impact

2,033

adult and youth participants in the 2019 fiscal year

47%

of adults ate more vegetables as a result of Cooking Matters

37%

of youth ate more fruit as a result of Cooking Matters

Find a Cooking Matters Program Near You

  • Oct 6

    Cooking Matters at Home

    October 6, 2020 – November 3, 2020 4:30 - 6 pm EST Online via Zoom

    Cooking Matters at Home offers ideas for how families can use what foods are available to create quick, family-friendly, low-cost meals.

  • Oct 16

    4-H Kids in the Kitchen

    October 16, 2020 – November 6, 2020 http://bit.ly/4hKidsInKitchen

    4-H Kids in the Kitchen is a family-friendly activity, partnering children with responsible adults to have some fun and get creative in the kitchen!

  • Nov 1

    Flour Tortilla Making 101

    November 1, 2020 3:00PM – 4:00PM Zoom

    In this class participants will learn how to make fresh home-made flour tortillas from scratch.

  • Nov 5

    Artisan Cheesemaking Workshop

    November 5, 2020 – November 6, 2020 Farmer’s Creamery 50 W. Kittle Rd. Mio, MI 48647

    A 3-day class learn to make hard and soft artisan cheeses for market, taught by experienced commercial artisan cheesemakers and MSU Extension.

  • Nov 11

    Fall Session Cooking For One

    November 11, 2020 – December 16, 2020 Online Via Zoom

    Cooking for One Program provides participants with tips and tricks to include healthy choices into any lifestyle and budget.

Not seeing an upcoming class in your area? Contact us at your county MSU Extension office for more information about this program in your area.