Cooking Matters

18 Reasons shares our culinary skills, nutrition knowledge, and love of home cooking through Cooking Matters series, which are free cooking and nutrition classes and grocery donations for low-income Bay Area families.

All in-person Cooking Matters programs have been postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though we can't reach our Cooking Matters students with in-person programming, we have transitioned to a virtual learning model paired with socially-distanced food distribution called Cooking Matters at Home.

You can check out the content we're making for home cooks as they shelter in place on our YouTube channel. We also post cooking and nutrition tips on our Instagram and Facebook pages, and we offer live, interactive classes for our Cooking Matters at Home students each week.

Although today’s news might be filled with uncertainty, we are absolutely sure that the need for good food in our community is greater than ever. To meet the increased demand for food assistance caused by the coronavirus crisis and the surge in unemployment, we have expanded our food distribution program to help our neighbors in need put food on the table. We are now providing more than 16,500 lbs. of fresh, healthy food each month for our community. If you'd like to support our Cooking Matters at Home and food distribution programs, you can make a donation here. Your generosity fuels our mission.

Special thanks to our funding partners

Share Our Strength
The CA Department of Food & Agriculture
The San Francisco Department of Public Health
The City of Oakland Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Fund
The California Wellness Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
The Healthy Berkeley Program
Contra Costa Health Services
UC Davis School of Medicine
The UCSF Culinary Medicine Program
The Bella Vista Foundation
No Kid Hungry
The UNFI Foundation
The Irving Foundation
The Trio Foundation
The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation
The Clif Bar Family Foundation
The Junior League of Oakland-East Bay
The Safeway Foundation
The Bay Area Dietetics Association