Cooking Matters at the Store was created in 2010 as a spinoff of the highly successful grocery store tours from the Cooking Matters courses. Courses take place in a local grocery store, and can be led by a variety of individuals in the community.
Along with the regular curriculum, there is also a specialized curriculum for participants in the USDA WIC (Women, Infants and Children) nutrition program to increase understanding of the WIC program shopping guidelines.
Families with limited food resources often report that the cost of groceries is a barrier to eating healthfully. These courses teach shopping and meal planning skills that help families stretch their food budgets and prepare healthy, balanced meals at home. Cooking Matters at the Store is a one-time, two-hour class, and each participant is able to take home a booklet with recipes and shopping tips, a reusable grocery bag, and $10 worth of healthy groceries.
During the tour, participants learn four key skills:
- Reading food labels
- Comparing unit prices
- Finding whole grains
- Identifying 3 ways to purchase produce