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, Share Our Strength spun off the grocery store tour from the 6- week Cooking Matters series into Cooking Matters at the Store, a standalone program that helps more low-income families learn the skills to buy healthy food for less money.
18 Reasons volunteers and Promoters facilitate store tours at grocery stores and healthy corner stores throughout the Bay Area. On the 1.5 hour store tour, participants learn to buy fruits and vegetables on a budget, compare unit prices, read food labels, and find whole grains. Each tour ends in a $10 Challenge, when participants apply the skills they’ve learned to buy the ingredients for a healthy, delicious meal. Participants take home a booklet with recipes and shopping tips, a reusable grocery bag, and $10 worth of healthy groceries.
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. Five weeks after a tour, families are still employing key skills.
VOLUNTEERING WITH COOKING MATTERS AT THE STORE TOURS
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 training in the Cooking Matters Learning Space.
3. Shadow a Cooking Matters at the Store tour
You’ll have the chance to observe other volunteers or Promoters teaching and ask any questions you have about the program.
4. Sign up for a scheduled tour or an event day
ONGOING + UPCOMING COOKING MATTERS AT THE STORE TOURS