18 Reasons & Three Squares Merge to Hatch Formidable Force for Good Food Movement



18 Reasons is merging with Three Squares!

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We’re joining forces to create one organization that will combine the innovative dirt-to-table education of 18 Reasons with Three Squares’ focus on making fruits, veggies and cooking skills accessible for working families and low-income communities. The combined organization will be called 18 Reasons and be based in the Mission District, but will serve communities across five Bay Area counties.

What is particularly exciting about this merge is that each organization’s programming will not change.  18 Reasons will continue to offer cooking, gardening and food policy education, community dinners, and our weekly 18th Hour café as part of our “18th Street Events” programming track.  In addition, we will now offer Cooking Matters, Three Squares’ nutrition and cooking classes that serve low income communities.  And just like that, we’ve created a unique model to engage eaters, cooks and gardeners of all ages and backgrounds across the Bay Area!

Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us:

18 Reasons organizational questions: Sarah Nelson, sarah@18reasons.org

Cooking Matters: Sarah Nelson, sarah@18reasons.org

18th Street Events: Michelle McKenzie, michelle@18reasons.org

General info: 415-568-2710  and info@18reasons.org

For a calendar of all of our classes, please visit: www.18reasons.org

Please join us on May 16th at 18th Hour Café, our weekly drop-in cafe featuring wine, beer, and small bites. This week we’re hosting a special 18th Hour so you can meet the staff, board, and volunteers from both organizations. We will be there from 6-10PM making merry and we would love to see you! We also welcome supporters and friends to the annual Cooking Matters brunch on Saturday, May 18th at 11AM at Cesar Chavez Elementary in the Mission, where staff and board members will present the new organization’s vision.

More about Three Squares and Cooking Matters:

Three Squares was founded in 2011 to provide cooking-based nutrition education in low-income communities around the Bay Area, using the nationally-recognized Cooking Matters curriculum. Three Squares also created a community health worker program that trains residents of low-income communities to teach cooking and nutrition in their own communities, thus providing quality, culturally-relevant nutrition education as well as job opportunities. Over 75 community health workers have graduated from the program and gone on to teach; each year, Three Squares reaches nearly 2,000 low-income families.



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