Maryland Cooking Matters
Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters® empowers low-income families with the skills to stretch their food budgets so their children get healthy meals at home, as part of the No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Cooking Matters serves families across the country through hands-on, six-week cooking courses; interactive grocery store tours; and mobile, online and educational tools. Participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.
Cooking Matters plays a critical role in Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign - a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015 (www.nokidhungry.org). We are seeking 2 full-time AmeriCorps members to work with the Maryland No Kid Hungry Campaign in Baltimore, MD. The two AmeriCorps members will work with Share our Strength staff to implement effective hands-on tours that teach families at risk of hunger that healthy cooking and eating can be delicious, enjoyable and affordable. These positions will be fully integrated into the No Kid Hungry Campaign.
Maryland is a Proof of Concept State for Share our Strength. Integrating Cooking Matters into the existing campaign strategies is a critical organizational goal. Cooking Matters AmeriCorps members are part of the local and national Cooking Matters team and take part in all associated training and activities. AmeriCorps members will receive orientation from Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters national staff as well as locally, from the Maryland No Kid Hungry Campaign staff. Members will be part of a peer network of AmeriCorps members from around the nation and be a part of regular training opportunities including monthly webinars and two in-person retreats.