Who we are
Feed the Mass is a nonprofit cooking education organization (501c3) based in Portland, Oregon, with a goal of bringing people together. We promote healthy eating and inclusion and strive to inspire everyone to cook meals from scratch. We are the only nonprofit cooking school in Portland.
We offer affordable cooking classes to the community because we believe food education and empowerment are crucial. We engage the community to give back so that people from all cultures and backgrounds can come together.
Empower through Food.
Our Core Values
We encourage people to come out of their comfort zone by trying a new recipe or cooking for the first time. We show them how by empowering them with the right skills and tools so that they feel a sense of accomplishment. We hope that by inspiring them, they will pass this feeling along to friends and family, and meet new people.
We welcome individuals from all cultures and backgrounds. We want to include and empower children, parents, students and seniors; friends, family and neighbors. Cooking should be a fun experience that helps break down barriers and helps people appreciate both the similarities and differences through sharing food around the table.
Encourage Healthy Eating
We instill the importance of knowing exactly what is on your plate. We focus on simple, basic, raw ingredients and hope to minimize—if not end—the reliance on processed and prepared foods. We support all diets and believe cooking from scratch can help people create healthy, high-quality meals.
"Feed the Mass was created in 2016. I started teaching children how to cook and bake simple yet healthy food at their parents’ request. Quickly the word got out and I was teaching my first Little Chef Class.
One day I heard the story of Jesus and the miracle of feeding the masses with 5 fish and 2 loaves of bread. The story wasn’t that he multiplied the food, but that if people shared the little they had it would always be enough. To feed the mass you need to teach people to feed each other.
This is where the name Feed the Mass comes from. My goal is to teach people that we take care of each other through food and cooking. Food connects every person in the world. I want to use it to create a community that is inclusive, diverse, and accessible to everyone."
Jacobsen Valentine, Founder & Executive Director
Our Founding Story