Common Threads

Common Threads began out of a love of family and good food, two basic ingredients that link all people of this world together. Family nurtures us, protects us, and connects us to a larger community. Food nourishes us, excites us, and teaches us about the world around us.

Common Threads teaches children from low-income families to cook wholesome and affordable meals. Chefs and partners involved with the organization help prevent childhood obesity and reverse the trend of generations of non-cookers by providing hands-on cooking classes to kids. Common Threads serves more than 1,000 students each year, with headquarters in Chicago and outposts in Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, DC.

Children who participate in our programming come to kitchens and embark on a world adventure as they prepare healthful meals rooted in diverse cultural heritages. By using the power of food to show how much we have in common with our neighbors, children learn that we are more similar than we are different. We can bridge cultural boundaries and strengthen our bond as a global family, starting with hands-on learning about nutrition. Through the simple process of preparing and sharing a nutritious meal, children who participate in Common Thread programs learn to connect with their bodies, their neighbors, and the world in bite-sized lessons.

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