After a brief hiatus induced by the threat of COVID, we are excited to announce that “Cooking Matters” classes are once again being offered at GRACE!

Cooking Matters, a program of Share Our Strength through Tarrant Area Food Bank, is a cooking-based nutrition program. This innovative program provides a long-term solution to hunger and poor nutrition by demonstrating strategies to get the best nutrition possible on a limited budget. Participants are taught not only how to cook healthy meals, but how to start by shopping smart.

Beginning June 8th and continuing through July 13th, the Tarrant Area Food Bank will be putting on these classes every Wednesday between 6-8 p.m. All sessions will be hosted at GRACE Main at 837 E. Walnut Street, Grapevine, TX 76051. The Community Room and Teaching Kitchen turn into a chef’s delight, sending fragrant aromas down the halls and into every office each week.

The GRACE Community Clinic refers most of the class members who are on restricted diets due to diabetes or cardiovascular disease. However, anyone is welcome to join! Each week of the course, Cooking Matters students receive take-home groceries, which they can use at home to practice a recipe they learned in class. In addition, participants also receive a workbook and 65 healthy, delicious recipes free of charge!

The course includes:

  • Participatory food preparation that provides cooking and food safety instruction
  • Engaging nutritional activities and discussions
  • Promotion of healthier eating habits
  • Practice with food budgeting
  • Workbook and 65 healthy, delicious recipes
  • Tips on grocery store visits or other food shopping experiences
  • Communal eating of the food made in class
  • Celebratory final class and graduation ceremony for participants who completed at least four of the six classes

To register for these fun, hands-on classes, contact Nurse Shirley Roberts at the GRACE Community Clinic for additional information: (817) 305-4681.