Provide groceries and cooking classes to families facing hunger

Kids like Mariah (pictured with her Cook-it Kit) really can do anything if they have access to healthy food

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Kids like Mariah (pictured with her Cook-it Kit) really can do anything if they have access to healthy food

Our community needs our help to access healthy food

Since 2008, 18 Reasons has offered free healthy cooking classes and grocery donations called Cook-it Kits for food-insecure families throughout the Bay Area through our Cooking Matters program. While we are all impacted by COVID-19, the effects of this global pandemic on the 3,500 food-insecure Cooking Matters students we serve each year are devastating.


How the coronavirus pandemic affects our Cooking Matters students


75% of our Cooking Matters participants report income reduction and/or job loss in their household since this crisis began. 1 in 4 children and 1 in 6 adults in the Bay Area are at risk of food insecurity because of COVID-19. We are hearing from our longtime partners at local food banks and food pantries that they are struggling to keep up with the skyrocketing demand for food assistance during this crisis. Low-income Cooking Matters participants need our help to eat well during this crisis and beyond.


How we are helping our community eat well


18 Reasons is a nonprofit cooking school on a mission to empower our community with the confidence and creativity needed to buy, cook, and eat good food every day. To achieve this mission, we offer two food education programs: our 18th Street Kitchen program, which raises money through ticket sales and caters to an audience of community-minded foodies; and our free Cooking Matters program for low-income families.

Through our two programs, we serve a diverse range of Bay Area residents who are connected by a passion for good food and home cooking. We are a nonprofit, and rely on a mix of grants, donations, and ticket sales to keep our programs running. Our vision is to create equity and belonging through the transformative and healing power of home cooking.

Despite any challenges that may lie in our way, we are committed to being here for our Cooking Matters students every step of the way throughout this crisis, making sure that they are fed and have the confidence and creativity they need to eat good food every day.

To do so, we are working with school districts, low-income housing sites, and community clinics to distribute thousands of pounds of healthy grocery donations to low-income households every week. We are delivering food to low-income families who can no longer afford to buy groceries. We deliver more than 80,000 pounds of healthy groceries each year.


Together, we can take care of our neighbors in need


Donate today to empower 18 Reasons to deliver grocery donations and offer free online cooking and nutrition education to low-income families, and help us create equity and belonging through the transformative and healing power of home cooking. Your gift will have an immediate impact on a neighbor facing food insecurity.


Want to make an even bigger impact?


Make it a monthly gift! Join The Tablesetters, our community of monthly donors, to make a lasting investment in 18 Reasons' mission. When you become a Tablesetter, you not only help our Cooking Matters participants, you also help 18 Reasons have some predictability when it comes to what funds we will have available each month to enable us to provide much-needed services.

Your secure, automatic monthly gift will help us provide healthy food and cooking classes for families in need all year round! Monthly donations help stretch the benefit of your gift: for you, for us, and the students in our Cooking Matters program.