In Colorado, 1 of 5 children suffer from hunger.
Programs like Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters are working hard to change that. Their mission is to provide low-income families with nutrition, shopping, and cooking skills they need to prepare healthy and affordable meals for their children.
With the help of a grant from Hunger Is, Cooking Matters Colorado has been able to pilot an innovative expansion of their Cooking Matters In Preschool Collaborative (CMCO) program. Through this program, courses are provided to parents and childcare providers who have kids between the ages of zero and five throughout Colorado. These courses focus on nutrition, budgeting and food preparation activities that will impact the eating habits and health of young children. When asked how training has affected their life at home, one parent remarked, “I’ve learned tips and tricks on making food prep easier and getting more healthy options into my family’s diet.” Helping these children develop healthy, life long eating habits, as well as the proper nutrition, is vital to their physical and cognitive development.
Participants for CMCO were recruited through 37 Head Start centers in Colorado. By November 2015, 672 families and an additional 600 kids had participated in the program. After taking the course, participants surveyed showed a decrease in the amount they worried about running out of money to buy food. Other participants also reported more confidence in their ability to purchase and prepare healthy food. One Denver Metro resident summed up the impact of the program by stating, “Before we did not eat a lot of vegetables and now we do!.”
This grant and many others are made possible by your generous donations online, as well as in Safeway and Albertsons Stores. Creating greater access to healthy food for children across America brings us one step closer to ending childhood hunger once and for all.
To learn more about Cook Matters Colorado and their programs visit: http://co.cookingmatters.org/programming-overview.