Cooking Matters

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Courses Taught
People Impacted

The Program

HDFFA provides 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.  We offer 10 courses in six cities throughout the year, making it one of the most robust programs in the state of Oregon.

Our cooking courses utilize 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

  • Meals at every class
  • Recipe book
  • Knife (upon graduation)

Skills taught

  • 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

Course Registration

Cooking Matters is a skills-building cooking course. The class is two hours long and meets once a week for 6 consecutive weeks. Participants are asked to commit to the full 6-week course. Courses are open to SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), OHP and WIC eligible adults. If you’re not currently enrolled in the listed programs but qualify for other assistance programs, contact us to check eligibility.

Class sizes are limited.  Register for a course in your community by clicking the button below.  Additional information (dates and details) will be sent to you once it is finalized.

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Registration Questions

Other Inquiries
Meiko Lunetta

2019 Courses

Registration is open all year. If you register after the current program dates have started, you’ll be notified about future program dates once they become available. Below are the Spring 2019 program dates.

Deschutes County

BEND– Bend Senior High
Spring 2019
Wednesdays, 6-8pm
April 24 – May 29

Fall 2019 Dates TBD (En Español)

LA PINE– La Pine Community Kitchen
Spring 2019
Mondays, 4-6pm
April 29 – June 10

Fall 2019 Dates TBD

REDMOND– Highland Baptist Church
Spring 2019
Mondays, 6-8pm
April 22 – June 3

Fall 2019 Dates TBD

Crook County

Spring 2019
Tuesdays, 11am-1pm
April 30 – June 4

Fall 2019 Dates TBD

Jefferson County

MADRAS– Madras Senior Center
Fall 2019 Dates TBD

Spring 2019
Location TBD

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