KINGFIELD — Cooking Matters seeks to inspire families to buy and cook healthy food.

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, Cooking Matters will visit Kingfield to offer residents a six-week course on cooking, nutrition and food budgeting.

The program has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! for excellence in nutrition education. 

For more than 20 years, Cooking Matters has provided hands-on cooking and nutrition classes to people at risk of hunger.

Topics discussed will include cooking tips and techniques, food safety, smart shopping, budgeting and how to encourage a family to try new food.

Each class will include hands-on learning, group discussion and nutrition information. The course will be taught by a nutritionist and a cooking enthusiast, and it will start on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Webster Hall and will run every Wednesday for six weeks.

The course is sponsored by the Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County with support from Mt. Abram Regional Health Center.

Cooking Matters is a national program of Share Our Strength. In Maine, Cooking Matters is implemented through a partnership between Good Shepherd Food Bank and Maine SNAP-Ed. Maine SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented through a contract with the University of New England (UNE).

For more information, or to register for Cooking Matters, contact Mt. Abram Regional Health Center at 265-4555. The course is free and open to the public.