Conventional thought has always been, "if you're hungry, any food is better than no food."
We are simply not willing to settle for that.
From our earliest days of recovering food, we saw how people living in poverty depended on fast or processed foods. We started to see the connection between hunger and obesity - how hungry people often didn't look hungry. By emphasizing healthy low-cost ingredients, including fresh produce, our programs empower participants to meet their own food needs and get the most nutrition out of their limited budgets.
Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is the largest implementation partner in North Carolina for Share Our Strength's nutrition education program, Cooking Matters. As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America, the Cooking Matters and Cooking Matters at the Store curriculum teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious affordable meals.
How it Works:
- Professional culinary and nutrition educators volunteer their time and expertise to lead hands-on 6-week courses tailored to adults, families, kids and teens.
- Courses are offered in English and Spanish.
- Topics include USDA MyPlate guidelines, healthy eating habits, food budgeting, and family-friendly menu planning.
- Each adult recipient receives a take home bag of groceries.
Cooking Matters at the Store
Cooking Matters at the Store is a guided grocery store tour that helps low-income families make healthy and affordable choices at the supermarket. During the tour, participants practice key food shopping skills such as:
- Buying fruits and vegetables on a budget
- Comparing unit prices
- Reading food labels
- Identifying whole grain foods
Participants complete a $10 challenge, allowing them to practice skills learned during the tour and take home a meals' worth of healthy groceries!
Mobile Nutrition Programs
As the Food Shuttle increases access to fresh and local produce in low-income neighborhoods, at people's point of need, our Nutrition Educators ensure that people have the knowledge and skill to utilize it.
How it Works
- Mobile Market participants are introduced to less common veggies and they learn to select, prepare, and store fresh produce through nutrition activities, cooking demonstrations, and monthly health challenges.
- The Mobile Tastiness Machine is the Food Shuttle's very own food truck, serving free nutritious meals to kids during out-of-school times. The nutrition staff provides physical activities and games with a nutritional goal of increasing fiber, fruits, vegetables and proteins, while decreasing sugar intake.
Community Health Education Resources
How to Get Involved
Volunteers are needed for nutrition and culinary instructors, classroom assistants, and grocery store tour facilitators. Backgrounds in culinary arts, nutrition, or education are highly encouraged, but not required for all positions. Translators and Spanish-speaking volunteers needed for ALL positions.
Email CookingMatters@FoodShuttle.org to get started!
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