Cooking Matters is a six week cooking and nutrition education program that aims to empower low-income families to shop for and prepare healthy, delicious meals on a budget. Each course is team-taught by a volunteer chef and nutrition educator with the support of a classroom manager. Courses consist of weekly, 2-hour classes that cover meal preparation, food budgeting, grocery shopping, and nutrition. Cooking Matters offers a courses for a variety of audiences, including Kids, Teens, Adults, and Families.
Cooking Matters at the Store is a one class of the six week Cooking Matters. It is interactive grocery store tour that provides low-income families with hands-on education as they shop for food, giving them skills to compare foods for cost and nutrition. Participants learn how to plan and budget for healthy, affordable, and delicious meals for their families and receive a $10 gift card to practice using the topics discussed on the tour.
Cooking Matters courses are currently offered on an ongoing basis so please call the Sharing Center at 336-846-7019
The Sharing Center conducts workshops on how to can and/or freeze foods periodically. Our first workshop, conducted by volunteer Joann Eller, taught students how to can all types of meat and in particular chicken.
We have also hosted workshops when excessive amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables are received from Second Harvest Food Bank. We have demonstrated how to freeze blueberries and strawberries. Classes are available as needed and signs are posted in the Sharing Center and on Facebook enlist participation.
Ashe County Sharing Center