ACCESS Seeks Volunteers to Teach Cooking Skills

MEDFORD, JUNE 10,2019 ACCESS is holding a free training for home cooks or nutrition enthusiasts interested in sharing their time and cooking skills as educators.

The training session, taught by ACCESS’ Nutrition & Food Skills Coordinator, Barrett Gifford, will be held June 27th 6:00-8:00pm at the Olsrud Nutrition Center at 2020 Cardinal Ave, Medford. The training with cover how to offer a successful food demo or class, basic cooking techniques, and a meal will be provided. The roles as a Cooking Skills Educator includes offering one cooking demonstration a month or joining a team of volunteers in teaching a community cooking class series.

Trained Cooking Skills Educators share recipes made with fresh, seasonal whole foods at a variety of community venues in Jackson County. Recipes are simple and are the building blocks for increasing proficiency in the kitchen. “The more we can encourage people to incorporate plant foods into their diets, the healthier they will be” says ACCESS Healthy Mobile Pantry Coordinator Tyler Johnson, Masters in Public Health (MPH). “People who may not have had some of these vegetables can try a food like eggplant or butternut squash and find they like it, after all.”

Last year, over 100 cooking demonstrations were offered by volunteers. Through these
demonstrations, over 3,000 people sampled freshly prepared foods, received recipes, and
had the opportunity to get answers to their cooking questions while observing cooking
techniques in action.

For more information and to register, those interested should email Barret Gifford, call (541) 690-3989, or visit

ACCESS provides food, housing, warmth and other essential services to Jackson County's low income children, families, seniors and people with disabilities.

As the Community Action Agency of Jackson County, Oregon, ACCESS has been helping Jackson County residents break the cycle of poverty since 1976. With a focus on education, ACCESS helps people through economic crisis by guiding them through changes in habits to help them become self-sustaining. ACCESS currently serves local residents through 15 programs designed to address problems from one-time emergencies to longer-term issues.

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