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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

  • Mar 19

    CANCELED: Cooking Matters for Families March 19

    March 19, 2020 - April 23, 2020 Demonstration Kitchen at Sparrow Hospital 1215 E Michigan Ave. Lansing MI, 48912

    This free six week course is team-taught by a volunteer chef and nutrition educator. Topics include meal preparation, menu planning, nutrition and physical activity.

  • Apr 13

    Smart Gardening with Vegetables 101

    April 13, 2020 - August 31, 2020

    Would you like to learn how to grow vegetables? Join us for a six module online introductory course on Smart Gardening with Vegetables.

  • Apr 14

    Cooking Matters for Adults - Alcona County

    April 14, 2020 - May 19, 2020 Alcona Health Center, 177 N Barlow Rd., Lincoln, MI 48742

    Through a six week program, Cooking Matters empowers families with the skills to stretch their food budget dollars and cook healthy meals.

  • May 21

    CANCELED: Cooking Matters for Families - May 2020

    May 21, 2020 - June 25, 2020 Demonstration Kitchen at Sparrow Hospital 1215 E Michigan Ave. Lansing MI, 48912

    This free six week course is team-taught by a volunteer chef and nutrition educator. Topics include meal preparation, menu planning, nutrition and physical activity.

  • Jul 16

    Cooking Matters for Families - July 16 - August 20

    July 16, 2020 - August 20, 2020 Demonstration Kitchen at Sparrow Hospital 1215 E Michigan Ave. Lansing MI, 48912

    This free six week course is team-taught by a volunteer chef and nutrition educator. Topics include meal preparation, menu planning, nutrition and physical activity.

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.