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


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 and to home-bound seniors and other vulnerable neighbors who can’t risk going to the store. Currently, we're delivering more than 16,500 pounds of healthy ingredients each month.


Together, we can take care of our neighbors in need


Donate today to empower 18 Reasons to deliver grocery donations and offer free online food education to low-income families as they shelter in place. Your gift will have an immediate impact on a neighbor facing food insecurity.

Thank you for being part of our 18 Reasons family. We can't wait to share our table with you again. Until then, thank you for sharing what you can, so that everyone in our community has access to the healthy food they need to stay healthy.