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Nutrition Education

Nutrition at every age is critical for our health and well-being. The cycle of hunger shows that people often find themselves in the position of making difficult decisions when they are food insecure. This can be eating foods with low nutritional value, which can make them vulnerable to chronic health conditions.  

Our Nutrition Education tools help provide insight and resources to encourage individual to make healthier choices for themselves. In turn, healthier individuals and healthier families reduce the need for healthcare in the future. In the end, Nutrition Education addresses the need to develop skills and knowledge about healthy eating, economical preparation, and the health benefits it brings. 

Developed by Share Our Strength, Cooking Matters is a 6-week, hands-on, cooking-based program for all ages that teaches food preparation and food budgeting skills that people need to make lasting changes to their eating habits. Cooking Matters in the Store is a one-day program that teaches students how to identify healthy and less expensive options at their local grocery store.

2020 Cooking Matters Impact Report
  • 63 Cooking and In-Store Classes Conducted Statewide
  • 974 Men, Women and Children Who Attended Classes
  • 90% Graduation Rate for Six-Week Classes
  • 162 Volunteers Enlisted Statewide

Cooking Matters Opportunities

Cooking Matters Classes

Interested in taking a Cooking Matters Class? Fill out our class form to sign up.

Cooking Matters at the Store

Courses take place in a local grocery store, and can be led by a variety of individuals in the community.

Cooking Matters Host Site

To ensure the success of each Cooking Matters (CM) course series, we rely upon strong community collaborations.

Cooking Matters Satellite Partners

Read the overview of the satellite partnership model that can help determine if a satellite partnership is a right fit for your organization.

Nutrition and Recipes

We share resource where our partners and the people we work with can find nutritional information as well as recipes that are friendly to any budget.

Cooking Matters in Your Pantry

Jannelle Zenner, a Nutrition Education Specialist for The Idaho Foodbank and in partnership with St. Mary’s Clearwater Valley Hospital & Clinics, Presents Share Our Strength Cooking Matters in Your Pantry. This video includes tips and tricks for healthy, budget-friendly ways to stock your pantry and how good nutrition can help reduce developing chronic disease.

The classes gave me hope. It changed how I eat and how I shop. Many of the lessons I learned are now habits.

Cooking Matters Graduate

The Cooking Matters is helping end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make affordable food choices. Our programs teach parents and caregivers with limited food budgets to shop for and cook healthy meals. Cooking Matters is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization working to end hunger and poverty.

Through these courses, Cooking Matters participants learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible for themselves and their families.

The Idaho Foodbank partners with volunteer culinary and nutrition experts to teach classes throughout Idaho. As the authorized Lead Partner in Idaho for Cooking Matters, The Idaho Foodbank provides nutrition education to all ages in communities throughout Idaho. We include courses for Adults, Kids, Teens and Families.

My favorite part of this class was trying new foods and being healthy.

Cooking Matters For Kids, Caldwell
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The Idaho Foodbank 2021 Annual Report

In fiscal year 2021, 30.9 Million pounds of food were distributed statewide, a 38% increase from the previous year. Over 197,000 people served any given month from our facilities in Meridian, Pocatello, and Lewiston, and through our network of over 465 community distribution partners statewide.

2021 Annual Report