Currently recruiting class members! Call Karen at 567-242-7286 to sign up!

Ohio SNAP-Ed, through Ohio State University Extension, offers Cooking Matters® for Adults & Parents as one of the many curricula offered by Ohio SNAP-Ed nutrition education program.

Each week participants observe a multi-session course that combines hands-on food preparation with nutrition information, food budgeting, and shopping techniques.

Participants will receive free groceries after each lesson and a guide with 60+ delicious, low cost, family-friendly recipes.

12 – 15 participants (50% must be SNAP eligible, and/or use free or reduced-price school breakfast or lunch, Head Start, Food Pantry or on Medicaid) are needed for the FREE six-week course.  Be part of our March/April class on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at BVHS Cardiac Rehab Kitchen, located on the 2nd floor of the Ruse Center, Blanchard Valley Hospital, 1900 South Main Street, Findlay OH.  This series runs March 6 – April 10.

After watching a cooking demo, participants will break into small groups to prepare recipes and share a meal together.  Participants will take home copies of all the recipes and ingredients for one of the recipes prepared that day.

Participants must attend 4 – 6 classes in order to “graduate”.  Each week participants could receive extra recipes, kitchen gadgets, door prizes and much more. 

Chopin Hall is our community sponsor – they provide all the food, class incentives and graduation gifts.

If this series does not work for you but you would like to receive information on future classes – contact Karen McDougall at (567-242-7286) or at mcdoguall.1@osu.edu


Here's a brief overview of the sessions:

  • Class 1  - Let's Get Cooking

An introduction to the tools you can use to choose and prepare healthy foods at home.

An overview of MyPlate and cooking basics.

  • Class 2  - Choosing Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Grains

Great ideas for incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into family meals

  • Class 3  - Healthy Starts at Home

Participants will be encouraged to prepare more meals and snacks at home

Cooking with healthier protein and dairy foods

Preparing healthier versions of popular convenience foods

  • Class 4 - The Power of Planning

 Learn to plan healthy low-cost meals that will make the most of your food dollars

5-minute breakfasts, reducing salt, and the benefits of shopping with a list

  • Class 5  - Shopping Smart

A fun and challenging grocery store tour where you can practice the skills you've learned in class to save money and make healthier choices.

  • Class 6  - Recipe for Success

Healthy beverages, ways to be more physically active

Review of key nutrition, cooking and food budgeting lessions

Taste test, Secret ingredient challenge, and Cooking Matters Trivia


Learn more about the Cooking Matters® curriculum