Updated: Dec 13, 2019
Graduates of the "Cooking Matters" course who are living and eating healthier today.
“Amber” and “Matt” were homeless and living on the streets for months before they came to Housing Hope’s emergency shelter. They did not consider themselves to be good cooks, and ate microwavable frozen dinners for most meals. Their Family Support Coach (formerly called Case Manager) recommended that they take the “Cooking Matters” course at College of Hope to gain skills related to healthy nutrition and cooking. They absolutely loved the course and attended every single class session. Matt especially loved the teriyaki sauce recipe, and he and Amber use it in a stir fry dish several times each week. On the
last night of the course, the instructor challenged each student to create a healthy dinner menu that included all the major food groups and cost less than $10. Amber and Matt created a stir fry bowl similar to what they had made at home, and the instructor loved the dish so much she gave them a $10 grocery store gift card as a prize.
Amber and Matt are saving a substantial amount of money each week, eating healthier foods and cooking with confidence.
Today, Amber and Matt put a great deal of thought and effort into creating healthy meals using skills they gained in class. They walk to the Everett Library to search online grocery store sale ads and make weekly meal plans based on what’s on sale and the recipes they learned in class. Now, instead of going to the grocery store every night and buying expensive prepared or frozen foods, Amber and Matt are doing one grocery trip for the entire week. They are also making large batches of food and freezing portions for future use. After taking the “Cooking Matters” course, Amber and Matt are saving a substantial amount of money each week, eating healthier foods and cooking with confidence.