You know the saying, ‘Teach a man to fish…’? What would happen if someone taught a kid about fish? Or about vegetables? Where food comes from and how it’s sourced? That’s just what Pilot Light set out to do.

Knowing that better nutrition equals better minds, Pilot Light partners chefs with teachers to create Common Core-compatible lessons on food basics. The result? Healthier kids that are empowered to share this newfound knowledge with their friends, their families and their communities. 

Through chef and teacher collaborations, we develop and deliver standards-based classroom curriculum that builds food and nutrition into everyday subjects like English, math, social studies and science.  

Our engaging, innovative curriculum inspires students to learn, using food. It sets a foundation from which they can make healthier choices throughout their lives.  

Our team keeps us focused on our mission to empower children to make healthier choices by strategically integrating food and nutrition education within school standards, curriculum, and culture.


Our curriculum gets measurable results.  We take a rigorous approach to evaluation and our outcomes have been peer-reviewed and accepted for presentation in academic settings.


What We Measure

Our partners in research and evaluation, including University of Chicago Medicine and Teachers College, Columbia University, support us in measuring:

  • Student learning and academic performance as a result of Pilot Light lessons.
  • Students' food knowledge, attitudes and behaviors
  • Student engagement
  • Student retention of Pilot Light lessons over time
  • Transmission of Pilot Light lesson material to parents
  • Teacher satisfaction with our program

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