Nutrition Instructor Job Description

Teach low-income individuals at risk of hunger how to select, purchase and prepare healthy low-cost food! 

Cooking Matters volunteer instructors teach multi-session class series, using the lesson plans and recipes for each class provided in an established curricula.  Nutrition volunteers work in partnership with volunteer chefs to teach nutrition lessons and highlight nutrition information within the cooking lessons. 

Each class series meets once a week for six weeks and is coordinated by Cooking Matters staff. Classes are offered for adults, teens, and children, and are held at community agencies around the city.  Cooking Matters provides all materials needed for class including chef’s teaching guide, participant handouts, cooking supplies, and food.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Professional nutrition experience or training
  • Interest in working with low-income individuals with diverse backgrounds
  • Dedication to helping alleviate hunger and poverty
  • Comfort speaking in front of an audience
  • Ability to travel to class locations
  • Willingness to be trained in the Cooking Matters curricula
  • Willingness to work as a team and adhere to program policies and procedures

Time commitment:

  • Teaching class: at least 2 hours a week for six weeks, plus travel time to and from class locations 
  • Preparing for class: at least ½ hour of preparation for each class in a series
  • Training: orientation, class observation, ongoing training as needed

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Make a real difference in the lives of people at risk of hunger
  • Gain teaching experience
  • Meet a new and diverse group of people
  • Do something new and have fun!

To learn more or volunteer, please contact:

Sarah Lewis
Volunteer Coordinator
slewis@thevnacares.org
(402) 930-4069

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