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Cooking Matters volunteer training

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Aubrey Erwin

on 7 July 2014

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Transcript of Cooking Matters volunteer training

Share Our Strength
Week 1: Healthy cooking basics

Week 2: Choosing and preparing fruits, vegetables, and whole grains

Week 3: Lean protein

Week 4: Making the most of your meals

Week 5: Shopping smart

Week 6: Review/Graduation
Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters
Volunteer Training & Orientation
HO 1
HO 2
Interesting/Little-Known Fact About You
Why did you get involved with Cooking Matters?
Empowering families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals.
6-week courses
Volunteer based
Nutritious, low-cost ingredients; healthy preparation techniques; food budgeting; meal planning; kitchen safety

Cooking Matters
Cooking Matters to The Idaho Foodbank
Over 250,000 Idaho
residents are food insecure
105,000 Idaho children

Nutrition education
Better economical
use of food resources
Better access to nutrients,
not just calories
Instructors take equal responsibility for teaching
All instructors are actively engaged throughout the entire class
Team Teaching
Volunteer Perspective
Weeks 1 and 6
Mandatory for class participation
Surveys, introductions, acclimation is time consuming
Quick and simple recipes 1st and 6th sessions
HO 8
How might each team member contribute to implementing gold standards throughout the 6 weeks?
Cooking Matters Class Gold Standards
Method of teaching that involves the active participation of the leader and the participants

Knowledge/skills/experiences of each member are shared

Creates a safe environment
Better encourages participants to consider behavior changes.
Learner-Centered Environment
Students do most of the
Leading, open-ended
Don’t seek yes or no
Respect for each participant’s input
Each participant is the expert in their own life

Facilitated Dialogue handout
What is a Learner-Centered Environment?
A few potential drawbacks:
Lengthy conversations
More likely for the class to get ‘off track’
More likely that misinformation will be shared with the group
Ideas to help reduce lengthy and/or off-topic conversations?
Ideas to correct misinformation?
(I.e. – a participant announces that High Fructose Corn Syrup causes cancer)
HO 11
Participants and class leaders
come from various backgrounds
Socioeconomic, etc.
Even with the best of intentions, miscommunications can occur
Insult, hurt feelings, or confusion

Mindfulness handout
Mindfulness in CM Classes
What Does a Cooking Matters Class Look Like?
Be on time and attend every class
Follow the curriculum
Follow safety protocols
Be engaging
Respect participants and co-volunteers
Respect the host site (leave it as you found it)
Respond to coordinator communications in a timely manner
Be well prepared for classes
Review lesson plan and gold standards in detail prior to each class
Communicate with co-volunteers and coordinator to ensure you have everything you need to
teach the lesson well
Helps us to continually improve our program and the volunteer experience!
Volunteer pre/post survey
Learner-Centered Environment
Learner-Centered Teaching
Problem Solving
Learner-Centered Teaching
Learner-Centered Environment
Problem Solving
Expectations of Volunteers
What is a Civil Rights Complaint?
Participant Surveys
Volunteer Expectations of Coordinator
You make the list!
HO 3
HO 4
HO 5
HO 6
HO 7
HO 8
HO 9
HO 10
HO 11
The Food Insecurity Continuum:
Why Does Cooking Matter to the Food Insecure?
“I now look more at nutrition facts labels, and I'm stretching out my dollar and cooking more meals. And I make sure my daughter is eating whole grains and all the necessary food groups.” – Female, age 18-29
"Every evening was a highlight - the participants' enthusiasm was contagious, the team was fantastic, and our leaders were so supportive and complimentary. However, the most awesome event was our graduation night - the participants' comments about the class were so heartwarming. There was true appreciation..."
-Cooking Matters volunteer
What does a Cooking Matters class look like?
- Adults in the household often reduce the quantity of their food intake
Repeatedly experience prolonged physical sensation of hunger.
Adults tend to ration their food as much as possible to shield the children in the household from the effects of food insecurity
Children less likely experience physical hunger sensations, though their diets tend to be extremely poor in nutrients.
- Caretakers are forced to frequently reduce children’s food intake to such an extent that the children experience the physical sensation of hunger.
Adults, in households both with and without children, consistently experience more extensive reductions in food intake at this stage.

All staff and volunteers must ensure that all participants have equal access to services, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

The USDA nondiscrimination poster be prominently displayed at all serving sites.
Civil Rights Compliance
Any program participant who feels that
their access to products or services has
been denied, limited, or offered in a different manner than other participants, due to their
race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability, has a civil rights complaint.
The Foodbank must retain a dated civil rights complaint log and civil rights complaint forms

If anyone wishes to place a civil rights complaint, regardless of whether you feel the complaint is accurate or justified, you must assist them in making their complaint by directing them to The Foodbank complaint form or to the USDA head office
Civil Rights Compliance

Receive verbal or
written CR complaint
Civil Rights Complaint Procedure
Direct complainant to
form available at The Idaho
Foodbank or through
Notify Jessyca or other IFB
staff of complaint
Work towards
complaint resolution
Cooperate fully with State Department’s investigation of the complaint

IFB Civil Rights
Complaints to Date:

- Household members worry about obtaining food
Adjustments to household food management, including reductions in diet quality through the purchase of less-expensive foods.
Generally little or no reduction in the quantity of household members’ food intake at this level of severity, but micro-nutrient deficiencies are common.
Least Severe


complaint information
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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