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Local chef gives back

Volunteer Chef Denise Janks with class participants at Cooking Matters class, 2013

Volunteer Chef Denise Janks with class participants at Cooking Matters class, 2013

Michigan State University Extension in Clare County partners with local chef and the Central Michigan Community District Health Department (CMCDHD) to host a Share Our Strength’s Cook Matters class. The purpose of Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters is to empower families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals.
MSU Extension-Clare County staff member Nancy Petree brings together culinary and nutrition experts to lead local courses to teach families that healthy cooking can be delicious, enjoyable – and most important – affordable. Through these hands-on classes with volunteer culinary chef Denise Janks and CMCDHD registered dietician Jessica Sora, course participants learn how to select nutritious and low cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible to their families. In short, they learn how to make the most of what they’ve got.
Cooking Matters is nationally sponsored by the Con Agra Foods Foundation and Walmart. The program has received recognition from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for excellence in nutrition education. The program was also featured by First Lady Michelle Ogama’s Let’s Move campaign, a nationwide initiative dedicated to raising a healthier generation of kids.
For more information on MSU Extension programs or to sign up for a class series, contact your local MSU Extension office. In Clare County contact, SNAP-Ed Program Instructor, Nancy Petree, at (989) 539-7805, petree@anr.msu.edu.

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