FIRST, Review the Satellite Partnership Fast Facts to gain a visual understanding of our role, and where your organization fits into this model. After, previewing the Satellite Partnership Model video, complete the self-assessment for your agency to determine if you are ready to further explore a possible partnership.
Cooking Matters Satellite Partner Fast Facts
A Satellite Partner is an agency that is collaborating with The Idaho Foodbank. The agency takes primary responsibility for implementing Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Program in their area.
￼￼Satellite Partner Responsibilities
- Run at least 2-4 Cooking Matters courses and/or Cooking Matters at the Store tours each year.
- Designate at least 1 staff person (volunteer staff or committed intern is acceptable) to coordinate Cooking Matters programming and serve as contact person with The Idaho Food bank Nutrition Education Specialist.
- Acquire cooking materials, equipment, and recipe ingredients necessary to run courses. Support of IFB may be possible.
- Communicate clearly with IFB before, during, and after courses are run.
- Recruit and train volunteer instructors.
- Recruit participants that are of low-income status.
IFB & Share Our Strength Support
- Provide developed curricula for participants and instructors: Cooking Matters for Kids, Teens, Adults, Families, Parents, Child Care Professionals, EXTRA – Diabetes
- Cooking Matters at the Store
- Cooking Matters Toolkits for: Chef & Kids, Exploring Foods Together, In Your Community (demos), and In Your Food Pantry.
- Training and technical assistance necessary to stat and continue the program.
- Participant surveys, waivers, & incentives for Cooking Matters courses and Cooking Matters at the Store tours.
- Annual report of Satellite program success, and other reports/data as requested.
- In some instances, depending on location and quality of potential satellite partner’s application, IFB may offer some funding for start-up costs.
The Idaho Foodbank Cooking Matters Team
Kyle SilvermanNutrition Education Coordinator
Kyle Silverman started at The Idaho Foodbank as an AmeriCorps*VISTA after graduating from Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism in 2010. At the Idaho Foodbank, she had the opportunity to assist in starting the Cooking Matters Program. She went on to earn her Master’s in Public Policy from Oregon State University in 2014. After graduate school, Kyle worked at the Oregon Food Bank, then returned to Boise where she now manages the School Pantry, Backpack, Picnic in the Park, and Cooking Matters Programs.
Jonna BooteNutrition Education Specialist
Jonna Boote received her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics at Idaho State University in May 2016. She joined the Idaho Foodbank team immediately after graduation as the Nutrition Education Specialist serving the East Idaho branch in Pocatello.
Alexa ApplemanNutrition Education Coordinator
Alexa Appleman has a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Nutrition with minors in Biological Studies and Clinical Dietetics. After undergraduate school, Alexa completed her Dietetic Internship at Idaho State University. She became a Registered Dietitian in June 2016 and got hired as The Nutrition Education Coordinator at The Idaho Foodbank.
Makenzie EllsworthNutrition Education Specialist
Makenzie Ellsworth has a B.A in Psychology and Physical Education from The College of Idaho. After graduating, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Cooking Matters program and a VISTA Team Lead for the Picnic in the Park Recreation activities in Boise from 2013-2014. She is now the full-time Nutrition Education Specialist at The Idaho Foodbank working remotely in Twin Falls.
Questions? Contact Us
Once you have completed all of these steps; reviewed documents and watched the video, and are interested in becoming a Satellite Partner, the next step is to fill out the Satellite Partner Application: