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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Watch co-founder Jason Hammel on the Food Network!
We are thrilled to be featured in the Food Network’s “Feed Your Passion” series, presented by Edward Jones! Check it out to see our co-founder, Chef Jason Hammel, lead a food education lesson in partnership with Chef Carla Hall at Chandra Garcia Kitch’s Chicago 3rd grade classroom at Ray Elementary.
Support Pilot Light in 2023!

Please consider supporting Pilot Light in the new year so that we might continue to support young people as they learn and advocate for informed choices by bridging the lessons they learn in their classrooms to the foods on their lunch trays, at home, and in their communities.

How you can support:

  • Donate
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  • Join our Team

Whether you’re a parent, educator, or community member, we hope you check out and share our resources:

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 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! 

Available positions: Program Associate

Food Education Standards

Learn more about the first-ever national cohesive model for classroom food education, incorporating food as a lens for traditional subjects, such as Math, Reading, History, and Science.

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Our Impact

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

Our Difference

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

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February 2023: SnackTime Explorers makes headlines, plus upcoming events!

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