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.

Recipes

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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Our WORK

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.

OUR PROGRAMS

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

COOKING CLASSES

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.

On-Demand

On-Demand

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

Practicing Mindful Eating

Practicing Mindful Eating

Fall into healthy habits this season by practicing mindful eating. So what is mindful eating? Mindful eating is not a diet, and there are no rules or menus. Mindful eating refers to applying mindfulness techniques to eating.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th-October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month, and Common Threads wants to acknowledge the impact of Hispanic-Americans on nutrition and education. It is important to note the difference between the terms “Hispanic,” and “Latinx.”

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Upcoming Events

All events are posted in Central Time (CST)

 

Nutrition Equity in South Florida

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Common Threads is convening leaders within the South Florida community for a virtual panel discussion focused on nutrition equity.

 
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Fall into Fall 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Join our Chicago Board and enjoy the sweater weather while supporting Common Threads.

 
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TEACH

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.

Our Supporters

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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.

Newsletter

 

Common Threads’ monthly newsletter includes delicious recipes, tips for parents and teachers, and information on Common Threads events. Sign up to stay in the know!