Culinary Instructor Volunteer



Start Date


End Date


Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


United States


As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. Founded in 1993, Cooking Matters and thousands of volunteer instructors have helped more than 172,000 low-income families in communities across the country learn how to eat better for less.


Culinary Instructors teach adults, kids, and teens how to cook and shop for healthy, low-cost foods. They combine their own knowledge and experience with the lesson plans and recipes provided in the Cooking Matters curricula. Culinary volunteers are usually either graduates of or enrolled in a two-year culinary training program, have at least two years working as a cook or chef, or retired as a cook or chef. Culinary volunteers can also be someone who genuinely loves cooking and teaching skills they have acquired.

Other duties expected:

  • Create a welcoming environment, respecting participants and managing appropriate behavior
  • Demonstrate subject expertise and class leadership while actively engaging participants in discussion and hands on activities
  • Present, practice and encourage use of information and skills in healthy eating, food resource management, cooking and food safety and meal prep


Training consists of a preliminary 30 minute meeting/phone call for more information on the program and class expectations and then a 3 hour online training that covers more in-depth topics pertaining to class curriculum.

Classes require a weekly, three hour time commitment at a site of choice and convenience. Classes run for six weeks at a time but volunteers are not required to volunteer at all six of those classes.


  • Training Provided