Food Share of Lincoln County has partnered with Oregon State University Extension
Services for the delivery of the nationwide Cooking Matters program in Lincoln County.
Cooking Matters is a free 2-hour, six-week basic cooking and nutrition education class
for low-income individuals, families, kids and teens. Additionally, Cooking Matters
farmers’ market and grocery store tours are also available for the same target
Through a generous grant received from Samaritan Health Services in 2023, FSLC &
OSU Extension have been facilitating both cooking classes and tours targeting the
Latinx and Guatemalan communities. The grant is a 3-year term and more classes and
tours will be offered through EOY 2025.
The classes are facilitated at the OSU Extension office in Newport, and at St. James
Episcopal Church in Lincoln City (beginning in January 2024).
Cooking Matters is offered via the following curricula:
Adults: 18-years and older
Families: One parent and one child 8-years or older
Kids: Children 8-years or older
Teens: 12-17 years
Tours: Newport Farmers’ Market and Chester’s Thriftway in Depoe Bay
Books are provided to each participant that include the recipes and lessons which are
tailored to fit the intended audience. Take-home groceries (in grocery bags) are offered
to each participant and/or family in the Adults and Families class to help reinforce
what’s learned each week.
A shopping tour is offered in the Adults and class to help reinforce shopping on a
budget. Participants are given a $25 gift card to shop for ingredients for an approved
For more information regarding the SHS grant, or if you are interested in participating in
a class or want to volunteer to help, please contact Pati D’Eliseo, Development
Coordinator for FSLC.
For more information about Cooking Matters visit the website at the link below: