HDFFA provided free 6-week cooking courses to individuals and families throughout Central Oregon to teach residents how to shop, prepare and cook nutritious meals on a budget. Classes were taught between 2013 and 2019. We offered 10 courses in six cities throughout the year, making it one of the most robust programs in the state of Oregon.
Cooking Matters is a nationally recognized program run by Share Our Strength. The Oregon Food Bank was the state host and HDFFA was the Central Oregon host.
Cooking courses were taught by home cooks, professional chefs, and nutritionists who volunteered their time and expertise to teach adults how to purchase and prepare nutritious meals in a hands-on experience.
Participants learned to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable food. 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.
Included in Participation
- Meals at every class
- Recipe book
- Knife (upon graduation)
- Meal preparation
- Food budgeting
- Grocery shopping for simple meals
- Nutrition education
- Tips for healthy eating
I have much more confidence and joy in the kitchen. Cooking is finally fun! 2018 Redmond graduate
I’ve learned so much about shopping on a budget. Good for you food does not have to be expensive. 2018 LaPine graduate