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.


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.




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.


Many thanks to our funders:

The California Wellness Foundation

The San Francisco Department of Public Health

Kaiser Permanente

Share Our Strength

Dignity Health

The Umpqua Charitable Foundation

The Albertsons Foundation