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Cooking Matters & The New Home Ec
November 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Home cooking, which used to at be the center of American life, has taken a backseat in recent years. Americans now eat more than half their meals out, and the resulting health crises of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease is hardly a surprising result of this pattern – not to mention the erosion of social and family bonds that result from spending less time together in the kitchen and around the dining table. 18 Reasons, a San Francisco nonprofit, has set out to revive home cooking through two different programs: a community cooking school that offers paid classes taught by passionate home cooks from around the world, and Cooking Matters, a free six-week series of cooking and nutrition classes offered free of charge to low-income adults, kids, teens, and families in partnership with hundreds of other Bay Area nonprofits, clinics, and schools. 18 Reasons’ Executive Director, Sarah Nelson, will talk about the unique 18 Reasons business model, as well as the impact of both programs on the community.
Executive Director, 18 Reasons (https://18reasons.org/)
Sarah has worked on food-related projects in the Bay Area since 2008. She launched Cooking Matters in the Bay Area in 2010. In her previous work with Bay Area farmers’ markets, she created the Bay Area’s first Market Match program, which gives farmers’ market customers who use food stamps extra funds to spend at the market, and a Veggie Rx program that helped diabetes patients increase their produce consumption while measuring positive health outcomes. In her youth, she taught yoga and guided bicycle tours in France. In 2011, she founded the nonprofit Three Squares, which merged with 18 Reasons in 2013. She is passionate about cooking, rock climbing, riding her bike, and, yes, her job. She lives in San Francisco.