Cooking Matters

Volunteer Hours
Courses Taught
People Impacted

The Program

For 20 years, Cooking Matters has empowered families with the skills to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals so people get nutritious food at home.  The Cooking Matters courses utilize a national curriculum from Share Our Strength that is part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. With support from Oregon Food Bank and the Central Oregon Health Council, HDFFA has been organizing courses in our region since 2014.

The Cooking Matters program utilizes home cooks, professional chefs, and nutritionists who volunteer their time and expertise to lead hands-on courses that teach adults how to purchase and prepare nutritious foods in healthful, safe and tasty ways. Participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. 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.

Skills 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*

* Dependent on class and location

Learning to budget meals in this course has saved my family $200 a month on food.

I feel confident to try new recipes with my family and can use ingredients I already have at home.

Fall 2017 Courses

Cooking Matters classes are held one evening a week for 6 weeks. Participants are asked to register and commit to the full course. Courses are open to households at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Class sizes are limited – register today to reserve your spot.

Deschutes County

Date: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm, Sept 12-Oct 24
Location: Bend Community Center

La Pine
Date: Mondays 4-6pm, Sept 18-Oct 30
Location: La Pine Community Kitchen

Crook County

Date: Wednesdays 5-7pm, Oct 11 – Nov 15
Location: COCC Open Campus

Jefferson County

Date: Mondays 5:30-8:30, Oct 2 – Nov 13
Location: Madras Senior Center

Warm Springs
Date: Wednesdays 2:30-4:30pm, Sept 6 – Oct 11
Location: Warm Springs Health & Wellness Center

Spring 2017 Courses


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

La Pine

Date: April 10 – May 15, Mondays 4-6pm
Location: La Pine Community Kitchen


Date: April 3 – May 8, Mondays 5:30-8:30pm
Location: Senior Center

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