Helping kids make healthier choices by connecting the lessons they learn in their classrooms to the foods they eat on their lunch trays, at home, and in their communities.

How You can help:

How You can help:

  • Donate
  • Teachers
  • Parents
  • Join Our Team


Educators passionate about food and nutrition will be trained in a cohort for the upcoming year.

We encourage you to apply or nominate others who you think would be a great fit.

Become a certified educator.



Bring Pilot Light to your school. Assist with program delivery. Nominate a passionate teacher.

Enlist your favorite Chicago chef.
Attend an event.

Donate generously.



Our ever-growing team needs champions of food and nutrition, who are willing and able to help us achieve our goals.

Join Us!


Our impact is measurable and growing. Help us expand our reach.

Our Impact

We've learned from past efforts and improved upon other approaches.

Our Difference

Meet the "rock stars" that are making things happen at Pilot Light.

Our Team

Calendar Upcoming Events

Pilot Light/ Piece Pizza Collaboration

Piece Brewery and Pizzeria 1927 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

MidWest Methods Pop-Up Dinner

7:00 PM- 10:00 PM

Bespoke Cuisine 1358 W. Randolph Chicago IL 60607

Apologue Intermission: Fran, Ruins, Will Miller (DJ)

7:00 PM

The Whistler 2421 N. Milwaukee

Our Blog: Feeding Minds

March 13, 2018

Pilot Light Food Standards officially released, igniting food education in Chicago and beyond

  by Hannah Hemperly The Pilot Light Food Education Standards, a multi-year undertaking, were officially released Monday night at avec in Chicago, IL with Pilot Light co-founding chefs Paul Kahan and Matthias Merges leading a lively discussion on the impact of the new Food Education Standards. “Food education is the vehicle that can change our […]

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