Cooking Matters


18 Reasons shares our culinary skills and creativity with low-income communities
through Cooking Matters, a program offering free, six-week-long series
of cooking and nutrition classes throughout the Bay Area.



Each Cooking Matters class is taught by a Cooking Educator, Nutrition Educator, and Class Assistant
working together in a team led by an 18 Reasons staff member.
You don’t have to be a professional chef or nutritionist
to volunteer with us – if you are passionate about healthy food and eager
to share your skills and knowledge, we welcome you as a volunteer.
Click here to learn more about volunteering in our Cooking Matters program.


We partner with host sites including clinics, shelters, housing sites,
and after-school programs to offer Cooking Matters courses
in communities throughout the Bay Area.
If you work for an organization interested in hosting Cooking Matters classes,
please click here to learn more about hosting Cooking Matters at your agency.




The Cooking Matters curriculum was created by Share Our Strength,
a national nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America.
Nonprofits across the country use Cooking Matters to
teach valuable skills in vulnerable communities.

18 Reasons is proud to be the lead partner for Cooking Matters in the state of California. 


Many thanks to our funders:

Share Our Strength

The CA Department of Food & Agriculture

The City of Oakland Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Fund

The California Wellness Foundation

The San Francisco Department of Public Health

Kaiser Permanente

Healthy Berkeley

The GGS Foundation

No Kid Hungry

The UNFI Foundation

The Allen Foundation

The Irving Foundation


The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation

The Clif Bar Family Foundation

The Umpqua Charitable Foundation

The Safeway Foundation