Recipe for Success—Cooking Matters® Program








Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters is a national program sponsored by Walmart®. This program empowers families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals. Cooking Matters brings together local culinary and nutrition experts, as well as the Nutrition Connections Staff from UNH Cooperative Extension and enthusiastic volunteers, to lead hands-on courses that give participants the know-how to select tasty and low-cost ingredients, stretch them across multiple meals, and use healthy cooking techniques and recipes that help them provide the best nourishment possible to their families.

Cooking Matters at the Store, another platform within this program, includes two versions: one for adults and one tailored to WIC parents. Participants learn to find whole grains, buy fruits and vegetables on a budget, compare unit prices, and read food labels in order to buy ingredients for balanced family meals.

Cooking Matters has been held in New Hampshire since 2000, and in 2004 the New Hampshire Food Bank began hosting the program in an effort to serve its mission of educating the public about the nature of, and solutions to, problems of hunger in New Hampshire. Cooking Matters is locally sponsored by Hannaford Supermarkets and provides a majority of funding for grocery costs of Cooking Matters programming, including take-home bags for participants at the end of each class.

Cooking Matters courses meet once a week for six weeks and are offered in several formats:

  • Cooking Matters for Parents
  • Cooking Matters for Families
  • Cooking Matters for Adults
  • Cooking Matters for Kids
  • Cooking Matters for Teens
  • Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals

Volunteer With Us

If you are interested in becoming a class volunteer, please contact Elise Bolster or call 603.669.9725 x1150. Classes are now occurring all across the state. The success of Cooking Matters classes depends on dedicated teams of volunteer culinary and nutrition professionals, as well as individuals passionate about living a healthy and affordable lifestyle.

Host a Cooking Matters Class

If your organization is interested in hosting a Cooking Matters class, fill-out our Cooking Matters Organization Application. Applications can be faxed to 603.669.0270, emailed to Elise Bolster, or mailed to the New Hampshire Food Bank with Attn: Cooking Matters. For additional information about the Cooking Matters Program, please contact Elise Bolster or call 603.669.9725 x1150.