Volunteer Nutrition Educator - Share Our Strength
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