MSU Extension receives grant for low-income nutrition education

posted on July 6, 2015 3:10pm

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EAST LANSING, Mich. ‒Michigan State University Extension has received a grant of $53,100 from the Allen Foundation for its “Cooking Matters” program for low-income participants.

Between now and the end of June 2016, the dollars will be used to buy groceries for 750 statewide program participants and to provide them with nutrition education incentives that they can use at home and with their families, such as grocery shopping bags, measuring cups and strainers.

“Cooking Matters teaches participants how to shop for the meal and prepare the meal, and provides an opportunity to try the meal and then take it home for their families to try,” said Tiarra Wright, MSU Extension program instructor.

Cooking Matters is a nutrition education program that teaches low-income participants shopping and cooking skills so they can enjoy healthy food that tastes great by selecting nutritious ingredients on a limited budget. The program includes a $10 grocery store challenge, where participants must select ingredients from all five food groups to prepare a meal for their families. 

MSU Extension offers Cooking Matters in community locations throughout the state. For more information or to find a Cooking Matters class near you, go to and search “Cooking Matters.”


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