Food Education is a vital part of students' development.

Since 2010, we have supported Pre-K-12 students with Food Education that is part of teachers’ classrooms and fosters informed food choices.

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Every Classroom Tells a Story...
This giving season, we’re celebrating the stories of Pilot Light classrooms that show the remarkable difference made possible by Food Education. 
“Cooking lets different students shine!” 
-4th Grade Pilot Light Educator
Pilot Light’s teacher-centered Food Education model makes classroom learning exciting for students as they learn through food and about food’s relevance to themselves, their education, and their communities. You can help bring this vitally important education to classrooms across the country by making a donation to our Food Education programs!
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We believe that Food Education is a vital component of building a better food systems future and deepening our connection to ourselves, our communities, and our world.

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Pilot Light has resources for educators, community members, and parents:

Highly motivated PreK–12 educators in the United States with an interest in implementing Pilot Light Food Education lessons consistently in their virtual and/or in-person classrooms are encouraged to learn more and apply for our Food Education Fellowship each spring.

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Educators, caregivers, and young people can also check out our free library of classroom-based and eLearning lessons, videos, and recipes, as well as advocacy lessons to bring Food Education anywhere!

Visit the Food Education Center

We host professional development aligned to state standards and our own Food Education Standards. Stay tuned to our Calendar for upcoming events!

Learn about the Food Education Standards here

We want to connect and collaborate with you! Want to know the latest from us, both inside the classroom and beyond?

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We are looking for individuals who are passionate about Food Education and creating impact through our programs to join our team! 

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Food Education Standards

Our Food Education Standards are the first of their kind: a national, cohesive model designed by teachers and for teachers who integrate Food Education in their everyday classroom lessons in subjects such as Math, Reading, History, Science, and beyond.

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

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

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Meet the team that supports our Pilot Light teachers and students.

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Featured cookies in each box include:
Lillian’s Forgotten by @chefsarahjayne
Speculoos Sandwich by @meg_galus
GF White Chocolate Cherry by @paulkahan
Spiced Brown Butter Pecan by @stephanieizard
Spiced Molasses by @npsaben
Peanut Butter Thumbprints with Strawberry Lambic Jam by @mindysegal
Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle by @leighomilinsky
Pre-orders are $30 for the box with proceeds from each box directly benefiting Pilot Light’s Food Education programs in schools nationwide. Order yours on Tock now (check the link in our bio) – get ‘em while they last!

Pilot Light is a Chicago chef-founded Food Education nonprofit that partners with educators to utilize food as a powerful teaching tool in everyday classroom learning.

Our unique Food Education model weaves food topics into subjects like math, science, and social studies.

By making food informative and fun, students from preschool to 12th grade engage with food through a variety of lenses, connecting food and cooking to all areas of life.

At Pilot Light, we believe that comprehensive Food Education empowers students to become informed food system leaders of the future.

Learn more and get involved at, and follow @pilotlightchefs on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Teachers and families can use our FREE online lesson plan library on our website to start using Food Education in their classrooms today!
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