Cooking Matters

HDFFA is evaluating our programming to ensure safe delivery of food and education while maintaining current health guidelines.  Thank you for your patience as some programming is delayed or altered. Wishing you good food and good health!

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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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Other Inquiries
Meiko Lunetta

2020 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. We are working on the Spring 2020 Courses right now. Register above to receive information about when they will happen or check back after the new year. 

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