Community Cooks

NOTE:  For the 2020-2021 school year, this program has been modified and students and families will prepare and cook the meal in their own kitchens and then transport and drop off the meal. Menlo families will not be serving the meal this year for health safety.

Community Cooks provides one way students can complete their Community Engagement  Credits for the Upper School. They can earn three (3) Community Engagement Credits by participating in the modified program upon approval of a Community Engagement reflection they write on Fortress.

The shelters that Menlo serves include two shelters in the LifeMoves program (formerly known as InnVision Shelter Network): First Step for Families (a family shelter) in San Mateo and Maple Street Shelter (an adult shelter) in Redwood City.

  • Approximately three hours

  • Sign-up in advance (at least one week) with Chris Young

Menlo families volunteer the use of their home kitchens as well as shop for groceries and plan the menu for the meal.  The host parents coordinate and oversee the students while they prepare, cook and transport* the meal at the shelter.  The MSPA has a budget set aside for the purchase of groceries up to $350 total per meal.  Chris Young, Director of Community Engagement, communicates the dates to students and they can sign up a few weeks prior to each event through Student Life.

*Until further notice due to the Covid-19 situation and related health risks,  Menlo students and adults will not be serving meals and will just prepare, cook and transport the food to the shelter.

If you have questions or are interested in organizing and signing up to host a meal at your home kitchen, please contact Allison Chao or Ruth Housenbold.

Fall 2020  Dates: (sign-up info will be available thru Student Life)
Sunday, Sept. 20 - First Steps - 10th Grade
Saturday, Oct. 10 - Maple Street - 11th Grade
Sunday, Oct. 18 - First Steps - 11th Grade
Sunday, Nov. 15 - Maple Street- 12th Grade
Sunday, Nov. 22 - First Steps - 10th Grade
Saturday, Dec. 5 - Maple Street - 9th Grade

Note: Spring 2021 dates to be confirmed at a later date.