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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.
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.
Virtual Cooking Class
Students reached in 2019-2020
Adults reached in 2019-2020
Meals served in 2019-2020
Partners in 2019-2020
SoFlo Health, a local weekly health and wellness show produced by WPLG-Local 10 (Miami’s ABC affiliate) shot a few segments with members of Common Threads’ Miami team, including Chef Instructor Mariano Mercado and Chef Instructor Mimi Chacin
After seven years of working in the culinary industry, Vicky AuYeung was seeking to be a part of an organization whose main focus was to bring people together from local communities through food. With that focus, she found a job opportunity at Common Threads as a New York based chef instructor.
Shawanna Kennedy traces her path to teaching culinary arts and nutrition education back to her grandmother’s kitchen. She studied psychology at Southern Illinois University and began working in the mental health field, but found her way to Common Threads after meeting co-founder Chef Art Smith.
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Digital Resource Hub
Common Bytes is a resource hub for students, families, and educators. Featuring extensive digital curricula, interactive recipes, games, and other resources designed to increase nutrition knowledge, change attitudes toward healthy eating and to motivate the adoption of healthy behaviors.
Empowering Our Community
Many of the communities in which we work will be especially vulnerable to the repercussions of the pandemic.