Since 2008, 18 Reasons has offered free healthy cooking classes and grocery distribution 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 are already devastating.
We are hearing from our low-income students that as many of 75% of them have experienced income reduction and/or job loss since this crisis began. 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.
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 that they are empowered to eat good food every day.
To do so, we are working with school districts, low-income housing sites, and community clinics to distribute hundreds of pounds of free groceries and prepared meals each 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.
Donate today to allow us to deliver free groceries and meals and offer free online food education to food-insecure households as they shelter in place.
Your gift will have an immediate impact on a neighbor facing food insecurity as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
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 helping us put food on the table for our neighbors in need.