Stephanie Curliss, Dana Etter, and The Rev. Anisa Willis coordinate a Satellite Cooking Matters program with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kentucky. The three women laugh easily and are eager to talk about their program’s growth and success.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church started a Satellite Cooking Matters program in 2015. In each iteration of the program, Stephanie, Rev. Willis, and Dana have adapted the logistics and lessons to incorporate what they learned the previous cycle. Their most recent cohort was a group of seniors, who left quite an impression on the coordinators.
“When we work with seniors, we focus on eating a wide variety of foods, and trying new things. They’ve lived so long, they know a lot of lessons [about food], but the course gives them the confidence to try new things,” Stephanie shared.
In addition to trying new foods, the women emphasized how the Cooking Matters course gave the seniors an outlet for community. The group came together each class to share experiences, to learn something new, and to eat together. This type of relationship building and interaction kept the seniors coming back week after week.
Local Matters is proud to partner with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kentucky. With a network of passionate, dedicated educators, we continue to build healthy communities through food education, access, and advocacy. Thank you for being a part of this network and our community!