Cooking Matters

“It gave me clarity on nutrition facts, how to shop and keep from running out of food before the next shopping date.”

—Cooking Matters for Adults graduate, Little Rock, AR

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Arkansas Flavor, a special publication of Arkansas Times, features recipes from the Cooking Matters curriculum.

Skills Families Need to Eat Better for Less

Cooking Matters, an innovative nutrition education program offering 6-week Signature Courses, teaches individuals and families the skills they need to cook healthy meals and get the most from their food budgets. The Cooking Matters classes are hands-on, full participation classes taught by volunteer chefs and nutrition experts from communities large and small. Participants learn how to select nutritious, low-cost ingredients and how to turn those ingredients into delicious meals for their families. Graduates of Cooking Matters Signature Courses don’t just leave with cooking skills; they leave with the confidence and pride in knowing they can make a difference in the health and happiness of their families.Cooking Matters Signature Courses are designed as six weekly, two-hour lessons and can be taught in any facility that has a kitchen or an area that can be outfitted with hot plates. Many Cooking Matters courses are taught in church kitchens, community centers, food banks, food pantries, restaurants and schools.

Bring Cooking Matters to Your Community!

Cooking Matters partners are critical to empowering low-income Arkansans with the skills they need to buy and prepare nutritious food on a budget. We train groups all over the state whose missions of nutrition education and reducing hunger mesh beautifully with Cooking Matters programming. We’re prepared to do the same for your organization.  Find out how easy it is to become a Cooking Matters partner.

Take a look at Bringing Cooking Matters to your Community: What You Should Know.   If you think Cooking Matters would be a good fit for your group or organization, contact Alex Handfinger, Cooking Matters director, at

Be a Cooking Matters Volunteer:

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June 2018 Cooking Matters Newsletter