ABOUT COOKING MATTERS AT THE STORE
Research shows that low-income families see the cost of healthy groceries as their biggest barrier to making healthy meals at home. In 2010, because of the success of the Cooking Matters 6-week series curricula, Share Our Strength created Cooking Matters at the Store, a stand-alone program that teaches low-income families the skills they need to buy healthy food on a budget.
18 Reasons volunteers and Health Promoters facilitate store tours at grocery stores and healthy corner stores throughout the Bay Area. In each 90-minute store tour, participants learn to buy fruits and vegetables on a budget, compare unit prices, read food labels, and find whole grains. Participants take home a booklet with recipes and shopping tips, as well as a reusable grocery bag.
An independent study of Cooking Matters at the Store found that after a tour, families have more success stretching their food resources, and buy healthier food, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. These findings also showed that months after a tour, families are still employing key shopping skills they learned on the tour.
VOLUNTEERING WITH COOKING MATTERS AT THE STORE
1. Fill out our online volunteer application
You can find our application by clicking here. Please select "Tour Facilitator" as your preferred role. An 18 Reasons staff member will follow up within a week. You can also call or email us at any time.
2. Complete the CM at the Store online volunteer training
After an 18 Reasons staff member follows up, you will receive an email with your username and instructions for accessing the online training for leading Cooking Matters at the Store.
3. Shadow a Cooking Matters at the Store tour
You’ll have the chance to observe other volunteers teaching and ask any questions you have about the program.
4. Sign up for a scheduled tour or an event day