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 meals. Participants learn 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.


What’s provided

  • Bag of groceries with every class
  • Recipe Book
  • Knife

Skills taught

  • Meal preparation
  • Food budgeting
  • Grocery shopping for simple meals
  • Nutrition and tips for healthy eating

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.

Course Registration

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 that are SNAP eligible or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (click to learn more).

Class sizes are limited – register today to reserve your spot in the 2018 course that is best for you.  Once registered, we will be in contact before the course begins.

2018 Fall Courses

Please see below for upcoming Cooking Matters courses. To register, click the blue button above. For questions, please email

Deschutes County

Bend High School
Mondays, 6-8pm 
September 24 – November 5

The Community Kitchen
Mondays, 4-6pm
October 15 – November 19

Highland Baptist Church
Mondays, 6-8pm
October 15 – November 19

Location TBD
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30pm
October 16 – November 20

Crook County

COCC Open Campus
Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm
September 19 – October 24

Jefferson County

Next course will be held in the Spring of 2019. Check back for dates, time and location.

Next course will be held in the Spring of 2019. Check back for dates, time and location.

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