Food Share of Lincoln County is the satellite partner (through Oregon Food Bank) for the delivery of the nationwide Cooking Matters program in Lincoln County. Cooking Matters is a free 2-hour, six-week basic cooking and nutrition education class for low-income individuals, families, kids and teens. Through partnerships with agencies such as Samaritan House, Lincoln County Parole and Probation, Siletz Tribe, OSU Extension Services, Samaritan Health Services, Neighbors for Kids, and others, approximately 500 participants have graduated since the program was implemented in 2011.Cooking Matters is offered via the following curricula:
Adults: 18-years and older
Families: One parent and one child 8-years or older
Kids: Children 8-years or older
Teens: 12-17 yearsBooks are provided to each participant that include the recipes and lessons which are tailored to fit the intended audience. Take-home groceries (in grocery bags) are offered to each participant and/or family in the Adults and Families class to help reinforce what’s learned each week. A shopping tour is offered in the Adults class to help reinforce shopping on a budget. Participants are given a $10 gift card to shop for ingredients for an approved recipe. The participant who comes closest to the $10 without going over can win a small prize.
OSU Extension Services provides a Cooking Matters at the Market tour twice a year at the Newport Farmers market where participants are given $10 to shop for produce and other food items while receiving a tour of the market along with nutrition education.For more information about Cooking Matters visit the website at the link below: