Cooking Matters® at the Store (CMATS) is a grocery store tour that helps Minnesota shoppers make smart food choices on a limited budget. This course is based on a growing need for families to learn how to make the best possible use of their resources. CMATS was developed based on research showing that careful food shopping practices, such as price comparison and nutrition label use, are associated with measures of better dietary quality. The program aims to promote real changes to food shopping habits by creating a dynamic learning experience for participants.
This summer, I challenged SNAP-Ed and EFNEP educators to lead tours for 1150 participants. Thanks to their efforts, we exceeded that goal — our current count is 1257! The educator who led the charge with 55 participants between November 15 and December 15 was Community Nutrition Educator Yoha Christianson, which makes him the winner of the CMATS incentive challenge. You deserve it — well done!