Support Summer Health Across the Nation!

Summer is almost here, and with the warmer weather comes a desire for families to take vacations and enjoy new foods. Unfortunately for many families, summer means loss of reliable access to food and challenges with children experiencing the “summer slide” or loss of academic progress made during the school year. Experts warn that these issues will be especially pronounced during summer 2021 as a result of the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through its Summer Health campaign, Common Threads is seeking to raise $15,000 to sustain its virtual and in-person programs through the summer, while also creating awareness around issues of nutrition security and the “summer slide,” or loss of academic progress from the previous school year. Learn more about how you can keep children engaged this summer in our blog post

Join us in supporting our summer programs!
As part of the campaign, we’re inviting supporters to Connect & Cook with Common Threads by exploring various healthy, affordable family-friendly summer recipes and posting them to social media using hashtag #ConnectAndCook and tagging Common Threads (@CommonThreadsOrg on Instagram/Facebook, @CommonThreadsUS on Twitter).

Connect and Cook with us on Instagram Live!

Common Threads will host a series of Instagram Live sessions to discuss the Summer Health campaign and encourage people to Connect & Cook with Common Threads! Set your calendars to join us for one of the sessions below. 

How to join?
Visit Common Threads’ Instagram page (@CommonThreadsOrg) during the sessions to catch them live.
Wednesday, May 12, 4pm CT via Instagram Live

Nazli Parvizi from the Museum of Food & Drink and Chef Anita Lo from Tour de Forks will join Co-Founder & CEO Linda Novick O’Keefe

Watch Nazli Parvizi | Watch Chef Anita Lo

Wednesday, May 26, noon CT via Instagram Live

Model, Actress & Certified Nutritionist Nicole Fiscella joins Co-Founder & CEO Linda Novick O’Keefe

Wednesday, June 9, noon CT via Instagram Live

Florida Senator Jason Pizzo joins Co-Founder & CEO Linda Novick O’Keefe

Wednesday, June 23 @ noon CT via Instagram Live

Common Threads Chicago Board Member and Registered Dietitian, Alex Stoller joins Senior Program Manager, Albert Garcia to make Roasted Salmon with Citrus.

Wednesday, July 7 @ 6pm ET via Instagram Live

Common Threads Miami Board Member and Happiness Coach, Rochelle Gapere joins Study Coordinator Letty Salas to make Herbed Cod.

Wednesday, July 14 @ noon CT via Instagram Live (in Spanish)

Chef Lorena Garcia joins Program Manager Linda Flores

Help us spread the word about summer health and wellness

We’ve developed a toolkit with some tips for how to keep kids engaged this summer, including several healthy recipes and cooking videos. Help us spread the word by posting this content on your social media or in your newsletter. Make sure to tag Common Threads (@CommonThreadsUS on Twitter, @CommonThreadsOrg on Instagram and Facebook) and use hashtags #CookingForLife and #SummerHealth.


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.