e-CookBook NOW Available!

A Cookbook

for Now

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Helping you. Helping Others.

Our Story

Hi, there - I'm Lexi!


I'm thrilled you've found our SHELF e-Cookbook and can't wait to see all the joy and support it brings you. 

As a community health & urban food access specialist, I'm always seeking out and striving for positive change. With unemployment rates soaring, food pantries struggling to stay stocked, and our need to social distance, I've created a cookbook for NOW - helping you cook easily, eat well, spend less, and limit trips to the grocery store.

My team of community health specialists and I hope to bring you joy as our recipes find a place on your table. 

Meet the Contributors!

Alaa al-Shujairi,

Community Nutrition Educator

All Proceeds Benefitting The Okra Project

" The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.

During the Middle Passage, our African ancestors snuck okra onto captive ships to sustain themselves and plant in the new world. Black Diasporic cooking traditions often use the okra plant for its versatility and it is often associated with health, prosperity, and community.

In this spirit, The Okra Project hopes to extend free, delicious, and nutritious meals to Black Trans people experiencing food insecurity.

How Does it Work?

It’s actually very simple! Based on individual donations, The Okra Project pays Black Trans chefs to go into the homes of Black Trans people to cook them a healthy and home-cooked meal at absolutely no cost to our Black TGNC siblings. For those Black Trans folks currently experiencing homeless or whose homes cannot support our chef’s cooking, The Okra Project has partnered with institutions like Osborne Association and other community spaces to deliver foods. "

The Okra Project also has programs benefitting skill-building in the kitchen, an international grocery fund, connections with theatre and other artistic spaces, and wellness.