ARE YOU A NONPROFIT, COMMUNITY CENTER, SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCY, SCHOOL, FOOD PANTRY,
OR OTHER ORGANIZATION INTERESTED IN HOSTING COOKING MATTERS CLASSES?
Our host partners provide space and recruit participants for Cooking Matters classes. We don't need a full kitchen for our classes, just a classroom with a sink for washing dishes.
A staff member from the host agency should be on-site during classes.
We also love it when host site staff help teach classes, when appropriate.
TO APPLY TO HOST CLASSES, PLEASE FILL OUT OUR ONLINE FORM
ABOUT HOSTING A COOKING MATTERS CLASS
Is there a cost to the host agency or participants?
No. We work with many organizations who can help cover the costs of classes and many who cannot. We do not decide to work with new partners based on funding. However, we do ask our host site partners to help share the cost of our classes at a level that is feasible for them. Please contact us for more information about sharing costs or having host site staff teach in classes at your site, which can help alleviate the cost to us of classes. There is no cost to participants to attend Cooking Matters classes.
What does my organization have to provide to host Cooking Matters?
We ask that the site provide a classroom space with a sink large enough to wash dishes in and lend us space to store our books between classes. If you have an oven, stove, or fridge we can use, please let us know. Another site staff responsibility is to recruit participants and make sure they come back each week. Some host sites contribute food or equipment to our program, but doing so is not a requirement. Please plan to have a staff member present every week in our classes.
What does 18 Reasons provide?
We provide all food, cooking equipment, and curriculum materials for participants and instructors. 18 Reasons also provides trained instructors and a staff coordinator for each series. Additionally, we conduct evaluations at the beginning and end of each series that help measure the behavior changes in participants' lives.
Do you provide classes in other languages?
Yes. Our adults, parents, and families classes are taught in either English or Spanish. We have many Spanish-speaking instructors and are always trying to recruit more. We conduct classes in either Engllish OR Spanish so that participants can converse and share freely with each other. We do not have the capacity to provide classes in languages other than English or Spanish ourselves, but we are happy to work with sites who can provide instructors or translators who speak other languages.
How many sessions is the curriculum and how long is each session?
Classes meet once a week for six weeks and are generally two hours long. Volunteers and 18 Reasons staff arrive half an hour ahead of time to prep and stay about half an hour after class ends to clean up.