Common Threads

equips communities with information to make nutritious food choices wherever they live, work, learn and play.

On-Demand Program

Kids can cook and learn at home with Common Threads! Sign up today for our FREE Small Bites Nutrition Education Program available now On-Demand.

TEACH Portal

Visit our professional development site filled with courses designed to equip educators to become nutrition and wellness ambassadors for their students and community.


Explore hundreds of recipes for healthy and cultural snacks, entrees, desserts and drinks

Explore our at-home, on-demand cooking and nutrition programs today!

Cooking For Life

Common Threads is a national nonprofit that provides children and families cooking and nutrition education to encourage healthy habits that contribute to wellness. We equip under-resourced communities with information to make affordable, nutritious and appealing food choices wherever they live, work, learn, and play. We know that food is rooted in culture and tradition so we promote diversity in our lessons and recipes, encouraging our participants to celebrate the world around them.

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Common Threads is a passionate team of problem solvers and learners driven by the desire to help build healthy, self-sustaining communities. Our approach is earnest, but not always conventional. We are intentional, but also entrepreneurial. Our work is experiential, with a desire for our lessons to complement and enhance learning. We are proud of our work, and humbled to be a part of communities across the country. Check out our latest public service announcement, and watch first hand the impact our work has in the communities we provide in.


At Common Threads, we are picking up our pots and pans to stir up some excitement for fun, healthy, easy cooking: In the schools, communities and kitchens across America.

Small Bites

Small Bites

This in- or after-school program teaches PK-8th grade students about nutrition and healthy cooking through a series of eight lessons combining nutrition and knife-free cooking.

Virtual Cooking Class


Offered virtually and in-person (with COVID protocols), Common Threads cooking classes bring students and parents together in the kitchen, featuring flavors from around the world.



This is a free, self-paced, virtual course for 3rd-5th grade students. Students will navigate through 9 interactive lessons exploring nutrition videos, snacking making and more!
Parent Workshop

Parent Workshop

Engaging educational workshop for parents to learn how to encourage healthy eating habits at home with your family and in your communities.

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What’s New

Three Easy Ways to Make a Healthier Thanksgiving Meal

Three Easy Ways to Make a Healthier Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means it is time to give thanks and gather with our loved ones! Food is one of the most important traditions during Thanksgiving, with many families selecting dishes like turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and green beans for their meal. Other families incorporate dishes from their family or cultural heritage for this special occasion.

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Nutrition Equity in South Florida: Virtual Panel Discussion

Nutrition Equity in South Florida: Virtual Panel Discussion

In late October, Common Threads teamed up with local leaders to hold a virtual panel discussion focused on nutrition equity in South Florida. Common Threads Co-Founder and CEO Linda Novick O’Keefe led a discussion with two Miami-Dade County School principals, the CEO of the area’s largest food bank, and three elected officials representing various South Florida communities.

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Supporting School-Based Cooking and Nutrition Education with ESSER Funding

Supporting School-Based Cooking and Nutrition Education with ESSER Funding

To help meet new and emerging needs of school communities during and after the pandemic, historic levels of federal funding for K-12 schools and districts are available through the American Rescue Plan’s ESSER (Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds. These dollars can be used to support schools with re-opening, to enhance COVID-19 safety protocols, and to support broad-ranging student services.

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Digital Educational Portal


T.E.A.C.H. (Teaching Everyone About Cooking & Health) is an online portal designed to equip anyone and everyone with the skill sets to become a nutrition and wellness ambassador for your children, students and community. Learn more about our Small Bites healthy snack trainings, free webinar recordings and downloadable curriculum available today.

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Empowering Our Community


The communities in which we work have faced unprecedented food insecurity and hunger as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Support Common Threads’ efforts to provide hands-on cooking and nutrition education programming.



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