Community Cooks

Menlo’s Community Cooks Program is a long-standing tradition where students come together as a grade to prepare a home-cooked meal for area LifeMoves shelters.

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

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.

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.  Student Life communicates the dates to students and they can sign up a few weeks prior to each event.

  • Approximately three hours
    Sign-up in advance (at least one week) with Student Life

*NOTE: For the 2021-2022 school year, this program is subject to change due to COVID-19. For now, 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 but this may change.

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

2021-2022  Dates: (sign-up info will be available thru Student Life)
Sunday, Sept. 26, 5:00-7:00 pm - Maple Street (Redwood City)
Saturday, Oct. 10, 6:00-8:00 pm - First Steps (San Mateo)
Sunday, Oct. 24, 5:00-7:00 pm - Maple Street (Redwood City)
Sunday, Nov. 7, 6:00-8:00 pm - First Steps (San Mateo)
Sunday, Nov. 21, 5:00-7:00 pm - Maple Street (Redwood City)
Saturday, Dec. 5, 6:00-8:00 pm - First Steps (San Mateo)

2022 Dates - to be confirmed at a later date