Why Cooking Really Matters

We believe that food education is crucial to our mission of healthy food for all.

In 2016, 412 Food Rescue was chosen as the regional partner for Share Our Strength’s award-winning Cooking Matters curriculum. Cooking Matters is a nationally recognized food education curriculum that spans 6 weeks and is designed to “help families to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget.”

412 Food Rescue piloted the Cooking Matters program with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s (CHP) Family Care Connection Centers, using the “Cooking Matters for Parents” curriculum that focuses on parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5. The pilot program proved highly successful, with an 80% graduation rate amongst nine sites, and we continue to work closely with CHP.

Our food education program has grown significantly to include partnerships with the American Heart Association Greater Pittsburgh Region and Adagio Health’s Power Up Nutrition Education program. Through these partnerships, we are reaching our nonprofit partners across Allegheny County to bring them high quality food education — for free.

“This course made an impact on our family’s nutritional education. This will help our kids for a lifetime.”

To bring Cooking Matters to your community, email our team below:

Email the Cooking Matters Team

Volunteer for Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters courses are taught by trained volunteer instructors with experience and/or a passion for cooking, nutrition, education, health and wellness. Instructors are trained by 412 Food Rescue’s Cooking Matters staff in the “Cooking Matters” curriculum and can volunteer as a culinary instructor, nutrition instructor, course assistant, or grocery shopper. Each course is taught by teams of 2-3 volunteers and is hosted for 6 consecutive weeks at a designated nonprofit partner site.

Cooking Matters instructor Rachel Firestone took her volunteer role to the next level. Watch her story below!

Ready to get cooking as a Cooking Matters instructor?!

Email cookingmatters@412foodrescue.org to sign up for our next instructor orientation training or to learn more!