Share Our Strength, the national sponsor of the Cooking Matters program, recently completed a study showing the long-term impact of Cooking Matters courses, and Good Shepherd Food Bank’s program in Maine was one of the geographic areas included in the study.
In 2015, Share Our Strength worked with Altarum Institute, an independent health systems research organization, to conduct the first-ever long-term study of the program. Proving what we have heard from participants for years, the analysis found that Cooking Matters has a powerful, sustained impact that is significantly greater than changes that would have occurred without intervention. After learning Cooking Matters strategies, the study found that families have a more positive attitude about cooking, leading them to cook more often; are eating and making healthier, more budget-friendly meals; and are more confident that they’ll be able to stretch their food dollars each month.
Because so many of our hunger-relief partners have offered information on or hosted Cooking Matters classes, we wanted to share information about the study outcomes with you. It’s so gratifying to know that the effort put forth by families and individuals to learn about healthy eating on a budget results in habit changes that last. If you are interested in the details of the study, here are links to the study brochure and executive summary.
This study is solid affirmation of the power of the Cooking Matters program. Great job to Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Cooking Matters team and to our host sites for taking part in the study and for what you do every day in your work!
Are you interested in knowing more about Cooking Matters? Be in touch with Program Manager Courtney Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 577-4847.