Nutrition Educator Meghan Ibach helps students with tips for reading food labels.

Do you know how to shop for and cook healthy, nutritious foods? Cooking Matters is here to help!

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If you or your agency is interested in hosting a Cooking Matters class, contact Melissa Emminger  at or at 719-937-2319.

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After a long day of work, one of the hardest questions to answer is “what should we have for diner?”.  Not only is it difficult to decide on a recipe that is nutritious and delicious, but also one that is friendly on your wallet.  Fortunately, Cooking Matters is here to help! As a division of Share Our Strength, Cooking Matters is a national nutrition education program that supports individuals and families in learning how to cook healthy and flavorful meals on a budget.  During each two-hour class, a volunteer chef and nutrition expert teach hands-on healthy meal preparation, and participants receive recipes and take-home materials from each lesson. Each CM course runs for six weeks and can be taught to various audiences: adults, kids (age 8-12 years), teens, and families (one child age 6-12 years and one parent).  Cooking Matters has received special recognition from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for excellence in nutrition education.  The program was also featured by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, a nationwide initiative dedicated to raising a healthier generation of kids.

A Program People Love

Students from the Tiny Hands Daycare Center in Blanca showing off their Cooking Matters bags after the grocery store tour.


Since 1994, Cooking Matters has been active in Colorado, conducting nearly 800 courses and teaching more than 10,000 individuals.  In March 2010, a group of San Luis Valley community agencies came together to discuss the possibility of bringing Cooking Matters to our community. Since then, La Llave Family Resource Center and SLV Early Head Start have taught dozens of courses for both adults and teens.  “Everyone who has participated in the program has loved it,” explained Barbara Hillin, Family Mentor and Cooking Matters Teacher for La Llave.  “Even the high school students who have participated keep coming back to me to ask if they can participate again!” As a result of that first community meeting, Cooking Matters Colorado has funded a full-time Cooking Matters Director for the six-county region.

Get Involved

So, how can you help?  Part of the success of the Cooking Matters program is that each class is co-taught by local community members who have expertise in cooking and nutrition. Join us by volunteering:

  • Co-teach a class
  • Co-teach a class- IN SPANISH!
  • Help Cooking Matters recruit community partners
  • Host a class at your organization

To learn about these opportunities and more, contact Melissa Emminger  at or at 719-937-2319

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