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Foodies, Home Cooks, and Nutritionists wanted for Cooking Matters classes!

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  • 520 people are interested

Come cook with us!

Cooking Matters is a 6-week series of classes that pair hands-on cooking practice with culturally appropriate nutrition discussions and healthy grocery donations. The food skills education we provide allows food-insecure households to tap into their ingenuity and make the best possible use of their food resources. Cooking Matters classes are facilitated by peer health educators and volunteers passionate about sharing their love of healthy home cooking. Cooking Matters supports our vision to create more equity and belonging through food education.

Time Commitment: Classes meet once a week for six weeks depending on the curriculum. Classes are held anytime between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday only. Each week, the classes require a time commitment of two hours plus half an hour of prep time and a half an hour of clean up. In addition, communication with the Cooking Matters coordinator regarding class scheduling and the curriculum is necessary. Volunteers are encouraged to contribute to all facets of the class, including set-up, clean-up, and food preparation.

Requirements: No professional experience required to volunteer. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccination is required for all volunteers.

Position descriptions:

  • Chef Volunteer: During class, the chef will discuss topics such as food budgeting, planning meals, making healthy cooking choices, benefits of fruits and vegetables, healthy snacking, reading labels, and making better selections at the grocery store. The classes are intended to be highly participatory cooking demonstrations. It is important to keep the participants busy with various tasks and allow for hands-on learning in the kitchen. Some cooking skills to demonstrate and practice in class are basic cooking techniques and terminology, proper knife handling, various cooking methods, food safety and sanitation measures.
  • Nutrition Educator Volunteer: As an educator, you must have a strong background in nutrition, food science, dietetics, or a related field. Important things to discuss include the food pyramid as a tool for healthy eating, planning balanced meals, benefits of fruits and vegetables, improving eating habits, cutting the fat, food budgeting, serving sizes, reading labels, and physical activity. The classes are intended to be interactive and the nutritionist will often act as a facilitator for the activities and visual aids that are provided. The nutritionist also serves as a positive role model by emphasizing the benefits of nutritious eating and motivating participants to improve their eating habits.
  • Class Assistant Volunteer: Volunteer class assistants help instructors and facilitators with classroom set-up, food preparation, class activities and clean up. Other duties may include packing groceries for participants to take home, unloading and loading kitchen equipment, and washing dishes. Volunteers with an interest in cooking and/or nutrition are encouraged to apply for this position. Volunteer shoppers are also needed to help secure ingredients for each week's class.

For more information, please visit our volunteer page on our website: 18reasons.org/volunteer-cooking-matters

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About 18 Reasons


3150 18TH ST STE 315, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110, US

Mission Statement

18 Reasons empowers our community with the confidence and creativity to buy, cook, and eat good food everyday.


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.


Health & Medicine
Community, Health & Medicine, Hunger


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations San Francisco, CA 94110



  • Cooking / Catering
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • General Education
  • Food Delivery / Distribution




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Classes meet once a week for six weeks and are held anytime between 9am to 8pm, Tuesday-Friday.
 Each week it requires a time commitment of two hours of class time, plus 30 minutes of prep time before class (3 hours per week).
  • Proof of Vaccination and Safe-Serv Food Handlers Card for in-person volunteers

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