Volunteer Nutrition Educator - Share Our Strength

Volunteer Nutrition Educator

IMPACT - Volunteer Nutrition Educators facilitate interactive, hands-on nutrition lessons for families at risk of hunger.

  • Educators increase families’ confidence and behaviors in food resource management, healthy and tasty meal preparation, and foundational nutrition knowledge.

  • Instructors empower families to save money and follow healthy eating patterns – leading to increased food security

    – and support policies and systems that make the healthy choice the easy choice for families.

AUDIENCE - To see the greatest reduction in childhood hunger, we prioritize working with parents and caregivers of kids 0-5. Parents and caregivers have a crucial role in influencing a child’s eating habits and health. They also are responsible for food decisions – from shopping and budgeting to meal prep – and are often more open to making lasting changes toward a healthier lifestyle

RESPONSIBILITIES  Facilitate interactive, hands-on nutrition lessons for families living on a low income, according to Cooking Matters’ nationally-acclaimed curricula and objectives.  Teach foundational skills, such as: MyPlate food groups, reading nutrition fact labels, eating more fruits, veggies and whole grains, importance of breakfast, healthy snacks, menu planning, substituting healthy and low-cost ingredients, and choosing healthier beverages.  Facilitate a learner-centered experience via open-ended questions, activities, and group discussion. This is an interactive class – the instructor’s role is to give families the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning.  Communicate, plan lessons, and co-teach with a team that includes: Cooking Matters coordinator, culinary instructor, class assistant(s), and translator (when needed).  Select activities and visuals from Cooking Matters curricula to practice during the nutrition lesson that coincide with the key objectives for each lesson (materials available from coordinator).  Highlight key handouts that families can use again later.  Serve as a positive, professional, and fun role model, inspiring families to prepare healthy meals at home and save money on their food budget.  Adhere to Cooking Matters gold standards for program implementation. Volunteer Nutrition Educator

Cooking Matters helps end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make healthy food choices. Visit us at CookingMatters.org/CO

QUALIFICATIONS  Professional training or experience from an accredited institution in nutrition or dietetics. Extensive knowledge of, and experience with, Cooking Matters curricula is also a possibility. oExamples of qualified educators: Registered Dietitians, dietetic interns, 2- or 4-year degree in nutrition, dietetics, or food science, nutrition students or instructors, public health professionals (with experience in nutrition), and home economics or life skills teachers.  Comfortable speaking in front of groups (up to 25 people).  Ability to follow Cooking Matters curricula and practice gold-standard teaching methods, such as facilitated dialogue and hands-on learning.  Ability to travel to program locations across the community. (Programming takes place at community organizations, such as Head Starts, early childhood centers, schools, health clinics, or food pantries.) Willingness to work as a team with other volunteers and staff members. Adhere to organization’s policies and procedures.  18 years or older. Beneficial, but not required:  Experience or interest in working with low-income families with diverse backgrounds. Experience or interest in working with parents and caregivers of kids 0-5.  Understanding of early childhood development and/or eating habits

Deanna Belleny