Hello, we’re Bread Head

Our Mission:

Encouraging self-efficacy through life skills,
cooking classes, and community.

Images submitted by PAN participants.

Our Story

In 2016, Celeste Baker founded Bread Head to support newly housed individuals by offering access to food and life skills through her PAN program. She intended to share the basics of cooking skills in a universally approachable way so people could build healthy personal relationships with food and share that with their surrounding community. Today, we continue to strive for these principles in order to create networks of empowered people.

Who We Are


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Over 3 Million*

The number of households on CalFresh

*CA Department of Social Services


PAN graduates learned new skills, and enjoyed engaging their family in the process.

Over 14 Million*

CA households facing food insecurity

*US Department of Agriculture

Project Access Nourishment (PAN)

What is PAN?

PAN is a training program focused on building food literacy competencies. Food literacy is the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to choose, prepare, and enjoy healthy food to support one’s health.

Upon completion of PAN, participants have developed a foundation of skills in cooking basics, time management, inventiveness, budgeting, goal setting, and mindful eating practices. Our goal is for participants to build self-efficacy as they nourish themselves and their families in body, mind, and community.

Common Questions

PAN is a partnership between Bread Head and community-based organizations. If your organization is interested in offering PAN, please fill out your information in the Contact Us section to learn more.

PAN is an 8 week food literacy course, but can be completed in as little as 4 weeks depending on a participant’s commitment level.

PAN guides participants in the purchasing and preparation of foods that meet their nutritional needs while on a limited budget.

Along with cooking instruction, PAN frames the space for participants to assess what their food choices mean to them and those they cook for.

Weekly topics vary, and cover a range of skills from kitchen safety, budgeting, meal planning, and family engagement.

Our goal is to provide education and resources to our participants and for them to take what they learn to create their own unique food experience.

No. PAN participants are guided through self-paced, weekly virtual lessons, but does have personalized coaching through email communications.

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Our Partners

We are grateful for the many businesses, foundations, government entities, and fellow nonprofits in our community. As a community organization we are here to collaborate with all of you because side-by-side we strengthen our community!

A big THANK YOU to our partners for playing a part to support our mission!

Current PAN Partners

Past PAN Partners

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Bread Head California is a registered 501(c)(3)
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(310) 876-2916
552 E. Carson Street
Suite 104-242
Carson, CA 90745