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#1 Angelhair

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 01:24 PM

The Oregon Food Bank is look for Chef Instructors for their Cooking Matters series. The classes run for 6 weeks. Go to the Oregon Food Bank website and look at nutrition education for more info. It's fun and will make you feel good about sharing your knowledge!


At the heart of Cooking Matters are the chefs, nutritionists, financial planners and support volunteers who donate their invaluable time and extraordinary talents to help low-income families develop the skills they need. Join us on the frontlines as a Cooking Matters volunteer in one of the following roles:

* Chef Instructors teach adults, kids, and teens how to cook and shop for healthy, low-cost foods. They combine their own knowledge and experience with the lesson plans and recipes provided in the Cooking Matters curricula. Chef volunteers are usually either graduates of or enrolled in a two-year culinary training program or have at least two years working as a cook or chef.
* Nutrition Instructors teach adults, kids, and teens how to make healthy choices. They use the lesson plans and instructional materials provided in the Cooking Matters curricula, along with their own expertise. Nutrition volunteers are typically graduates of or enrolled in dietetics programs or have at least two years working in a nutrition or dietetics position.
* Finance Instructors, including planners, bankers and brokers, teach adults how to manage money. They follow the lesson plans provided in Cooking Matters’s Saving Smart, Spending Smart curricula, and add their own personal tips.
* Support Volunteers help before, during and after classes. Duties may include shopping for food, handing out and collecting class materials, engaging reluctant participants, helping with set up and clean up, or taking photos during class to help record the Cooking Matters course experience.

“The teens took to the kitchen like oil to a frying pan. They were rambunctious, enthusiastic, witty and eager to learn. I knew immediately we were going to have a good time. [And,] as we sat down to eat, our paper plates piled high with the simple but satisfying food they’d prepared, all our differences seemed to fade away. Food had become our common ground.”