About Us

Community Health Network of Connecticut Foundation has been offering Cooking Matters to the state of Connecticut since 2010. Since then, we have touched the lives of individuals in all 8 counties by offering a variety of activities. We not only recognize the significance of being the first organization to introduce this life changing program, but also the impact it can have on many of the state’s underprivileged families. Our goal in bringing Cooking Matters to Connecticut is to aid individuals in providing healthy meals to their families, despite what limited resources they may have.

Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters National program connects families with food by teaching them how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget. Partnering with agencies who serve families utilizing food pantries, SNAP/WIC benefits, summer meals and free and reduced school meals assures that we are reaching our targeted audience, as well as helping these partners provide quality and impactful programming.

Cooking Matters utilizes professional chefs, nutritionists, and volunteers who give their time and expertise to lead hands-on courses that teach adults, teens and children how to purchase and prepare nutritious foods. This knowledge can mean the difference between feeding their families for just one night or giving them the skills and resources to prepare healthy meals for a lifetime.

2014 Cooking Matters CT Stats

Courses
49
Tours
75
Course Participants
660
Tour Participants
1,376
Total Volunteers
48
Graduation Rate
88%

2014 National Annual Review

2013 National Annual Review

Quotes

“This course made me feel good about myself by learning how to cook more nutritious foods.”

Participant

“It has helped me to be more careful reading food labels and feeding my family healthier foods without changing too much taste!"

Participant