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Cooking Matters Team Accepts Check From Whole Foods Market!
Last week, the Cooking Matters Omaha team accepted a check from Whole Foods Market for the proceeds from the Community Support Day in August! We are so thankful for their support and are looking forward to future partnerships with them!
Pictured are left to right, David Kinney- Cooking Matters Program Coordinator, Kris Stapp- Visiting Nurse Association’s Vice President of Health Services, James Summerfelt- Visiting Nurse Association’s President and CEO, and Cassandra Zywiec- Marketing and Communication Specialist at Whole Foods.
Saying Goodbye to our Beloved AmeriCorps Member, Annette!
Thinking back on my year as an AmeriCorps with Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program, many fond memories come to mind. There were certainly some low points (thinking I could roll a bin full of kitchen supplies off of a too-tall curb; the contents spilling out onto the cold, rainy, wintery pavement while cars drove by as I scrambled to pick everything up before all of Omaha knew of my mishap) but for the most part all of my recollections are positive. In order to feel like I am moving ahead in life, I must be working towards a greater goal of some kind. This is exactly the opportunity Cooking Matters presented me with.
“Cooking Matters empowers families with the skills to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals so their children get nutritious food at home.” What a mission to be a part of! Nutrition and healthy living have always been goals of mine. I have known, ever since I stopped eating Doritos with every meal, when I eat well and exercise I am able to live a happier, more fulfilling life. It is extremely satisfying to see folks from all walks of life realizing this for the first time at age 30, 50, even 60 after participating in one of our Cooking Matters classes. Here is what makes all of the kitchen supply-lugging, towel cleaning, and dish wishing worth it: “I have learned that eating healthy makes me feel better throughout the day. My family also enjoyed the recipes. I have cooked them on several occasions. I have learned to appreciate my health and my family’s health and enjoy life and live.” (Participant from a Cooking Matter for Adults class at CharlesDrewHealthCenter)
Teaching others to cook healthy meals on a dime (and by that I mean under $10.00 for a family of four) is another aspect of the Cooking Matters curriculum I feel strongly about. As an AmeriCorps, believe it or not, I do not have wads of cash to throw at fancy organic food stores and neither do the individuals we teach. If you do have the cash to buy lobster and caviar a couple of times a week, by all means spend away and invite me over for dinner. Most people do not, though, so it is necessary to equip ourselves with the tools to cook up delicious, seemingly gourmet meals on a limited budget. It is a common misperception that we have to spend way beyond our meager food budgets in order to eat healthy, tasteful foods. This is simply not true and I love it when we can prove this to our participants time and time again. Just try our Ratatouille or Barley Jambalaya recipe; we can prove it to you.
As the year draws to a close, I am realizing how grateful I am for the opportunity to learn these real-life skills of eating healthy on a budget and to allow others to learn them as well. It was a wonderful mission to work towards this year and I hope that I am given another opportunity to work for Cooking Matters, or another similar organization, in the future. In what other employment capacity can you can steal tips from chefs on how to perfectly dice an onion, see a child’s face light up when you ask them to “be the chef” for the class, and talk passionately with others about whole grains, all while working towards the greater goal of helping others feel their best in this short life? If you have an answer for me, let me know. I would love to send them my resume.
VNA and Children’s Hospital are teaming up to host Cooking Matters classes!
Come join Cooking Matters at one of the 6 Hy-Vee stores hosting tours this Saturday, July 12th! See flyer below for times, locations and how to register. For information on tours in Lincoln, Kearney, Grand Island and Norfolk, contact Anna Curry at firstname.lastname@example.org .
May 8, 2014, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the MidAmerica Center, Council Bluffs, IA Cooking for VNA is a way for Council Bluffs community members to take action, help children and families, and enjoy a fun evening. Funds raised at the event will go toward the expansion of VNA’s Cooking Matters™ program within the Council Bluffs area. Enjoy a variety of delicious cuisine from the “Culinary Gems” of Council Bluffs. Featured Chefs include: Ameristar Casino Chef Michael Booth, Barley’s Chef Jay Hartong, Cellar 19 Chef Jim Smart, Dixie Quicks Chef Brian Payne, Horseshoe Casino/L Pastries Chef Lorraine Howard and Hy-Vee Foods Chef […]
As an AmeriCorps volunteer for Cooking Matters Omaha, I was given the opportunity to attend our national Summit in Raleigh, North Carolina. The November event promised to be one filled with interesting talks on a variety of Cooking Matters-related topics, endless networking, new ideas, and , of course, great food. Something that you must know about me is that I love to travel. One of my favorite things to do is hop on a plane, travel to a far-off land, take in the sights, sounds, culture, and people of my chosen location, and leave feeling like I learned a bit […]
My name is Kiaya Brown and I have just recently started working as a class coordinator for Cooking Matters at the VNA in Omaha, NE. I developed a passion for nutrition while I was in school for my undergraduate degree in athletic training. I was getting my minor in health so I took a few basic public health and nutrition classes and had an amazing experience with this one teacher in particular. It was like having an “ah-ha” moment for the course of the class. She changed my entire outlook on how I viewed nutrition. I grew up in the […]