Food Skills Education

Food Skills Education

Eating well makes a big difference for children.  Poor nutrition can negatively impact a child’s physical and emotional development in both the short- and long-term, contributing to poor health outcomes and limiting achievement and productivity.  Research shows that most families want to provide healthy meals for their children, but many struggle to do so.

Education about grocery shopping, cooking and nutrition can help families build the food skills needed to put nutritious meals on the table every day.  Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters and Cooking Matters at the Store programs teach low-income families how to buy and cook healthy foods on a limited budget.  Research indicates that low-income families that regularly plan meals, write grocery lists and budget for food make healthy meals from scratch more often than those who don’t engage in those activities.  Strategies to help parents stretch their food budgets and buy and cook healthier meals are critical in the fight to end childhood hunger.