Healthy Lifestyles Initiative

Formerly Cooking Matters Illinois

Meet Cooking Matters Illinois! 

Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters empowers families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals.

Find class information and watch our promo video.

Join the Team

Looking for the perfect volunteering opportunity? Working with Cooking Matters means your impact can be seen right at the dinner table. Class assistants, nutrition and culinary instructors are always needed!  

See open volunteering opportunities and full class schedule here.

2017 Healthy Lifestyles Initiative Policy Priorities

Healthy Lifestyles Initiative factsheet»

NEWS FROM THE Healthy Lifestyles Initiative
Our partners at Rise or Shine Illinois are excited to introduce a new toolkit containing over 60 resources designed to guide schools through implementing a sustainable Breakfast After the Bell program ensuring that kids in 890 schools across the state have access to a h
RESOURCES FROM THE Healthy Lifestyles Initiative

EverThrive IL updates its organizational policy agenda annually.  The Health Reform Initiative also has a specific policy agenda, highlighting policy priorities for our field.


2017 Healthy Lifestyles Policy Priorities