Cooking Facilitator - Solid Ground Community Food Education
Cooking Matters offers cooking and nutrition classes focused on maximizing food resources to community members in low-income areas. We provide hands-on education, combining cooking, nutrition, menu planning, budgeting, kitchen safety and sanitation.
Each Cooking Matters class is led by a team of three trained volunteers – a Cooking Facilitator, a Nutrition Facilitator and a Class Assistant – who work alongside a staff coordinator to facilitate fun, lively and informative classes for participants. Volunteers work with the participants on educational activities and preparing a shared meal. Classes are held at community organizations, public and transitional housing sites, schools, and other service-providing agencies throughout Seattle and King County.
During class, the Cooking Facilitator will discuss topics such as food budgeting, planning meals, making healthy cooking choices, and making informed decisions at the grocery store. Classes are intended to be highly participatory, meaning that the “students” will be cooking with you! It is important to keep the participants busy with various tasks and allow for hands-on learning in the kitchen, while making sure that they use safe techniques. Some cooking skills to demonstrate and practice in class include: proper knife handling skills, various cooking methods, food safety, recipe reading and sanitation practices.Additional Details:
Hours per week (approx.): 3
Total Hours: 20
- Experience preparing and cooking food as a home cook or professionally
- Some teaching experience is preferred, but not required if willing to learn
- Ability to pass WA state background check
- Ability to work collaboratively within a team, and one-on-one with team members
- Strong organizational skills and time management skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to lift 30 pounds; work conditions include standing, pushing, pulling, lifting and bending
- Must be extremely reliable
- Bilingual skills, especially in Spanish, are highly desired!
Complete and submit a Solid Ground Volunteer Application online, or download the Word version and send it by mail, email or fax to the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether applying online or via Word application, a signed Washington State Patrol Background Check form is required for all Solid Ground volunteers. Please print, complete, sign and submit this form by email, fax or mail.