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
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Our Founding Story
Jacobsen Valentine - Executive Director
With over a decade of Culinary Experience and leadership, Jacob's aim is to empower everyone with the ability to maintain a healthy diet while still being delicious on a budget. He wants to equip others with innovation in the kitchen, much like his family did for him as a child.
Martina Niles- Nutrition Director
Holder of a Functional Nutrition degree approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, her personal interest in health and wellness has fueled a passion to help others in pursuit of their own wellbeing.
Alec Sobotka - Chef instructor
A graduate of WSU, Alec has spent the last 10 years bouncing around the hospitality industry and developing his culinary skills in the Pacific NW. He loves Thai cuisine and is constantly experimenting with different flavors.