National Nutrition Month

I couldn’t let March walk out the door without recognizing National Nutrition Month and Registered Dietician Nutritionist Day (March 13, 2019)! This is a wonderful time to recognize all of our amazing nutrition volunteers who make such a big impact on our participants throughout the year. Your passion for the health/nutrition field and desire to teach others helps make Cooking Matters the successful program that it is. So from the bottom of our hearts here at Dare to Care: THANK YOU!

Below you will find some quotes from our participants over the last year praising your ability to connect with and teach others:


“Decreased salt, educated on food labels, learned ways to incorporate fruit in meals…”

“[I] learned to be comfortable with trying new & healthy ingredients I wasn’t familiar with.”

“[I’m] more aware of reading labels when shopping. [I] Choose more healthy ingredients to use when I cook…”

“It has me eating more wheat pastas which are healthier for me.”

“[I’m] more conscious of whole grains, looking at labels every time, trying to find healthier options- more whole grains, more proteins, fiber…”

“It has helped me a lot and now I think about what I eat.”



New Years Resolutions

Is a New Years Resolution to be more involved in the community, give back more, or follow your passions? Dare to Care is looking for volunteers to help teach our Cooking Matters program as a nutrition or culinary instructor. NO formal training needed, just a passion for health and/or cooking, and a desire to teach others what you know! We provide thorough training for anyone interested. Contact Angie Breuer today at to learn more about how you can help to end hunger in Kentuckiana!

Already happily active with our Cooking Matters program? Share your experience with family and friends that you think might also enjoy the experience!

Volunteer Spotlight: Valerie Holland


Valerie Holland pictured with milestone gifts of a customized apron and most recently, her 15-class Cooking Matters customized plate.


This volunteer spotlight is extra special as we congratulate Valerie Holland for being Dare to Care’s FIRST EVER Cooking Matters volunteer to reach the 15 class milestone!

Valerie is an Extension Agent for the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Department of University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Services – Jefferson County. She has worked for 25 years with audiences of limited resources and has presented extension programs on food, nutrition, food safety, money management, home management and clothing.

Valerie has worked with our Cooking Matters program as a nutrition volunteer since January of 2014 and always brings a warm, relatable personality that our participants want to listen to and learn from! In her 4 years with us, she has already exceeded 15 classes. She will be listed on the Cooking Matters Hall of Fame with only 146 other volunteers in the nation!!

Thank you so much, Valerie, for your years of service and dedication in helping end the cycle of hunger! Dare to Care’s Cooking Matters wouldn’t be what it is today without your hard work and commitment to our program.