Food education in classrooms and homes

We support and center students 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.

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Dine-It-4ward SUMMER Culinary Guide

The 2021/2022 Dine-It-4ward Culinary Guide is NOW AVAILABLE

Use code PILOTLIGHT21 for a discounted guide to deals from restaurants across Chicagoland! Additionally, 20% of proceeds go back to Pilot Light. Get your copy and support local restuarants and Pilot light this summer!

Pilot Light Anywhere - free eLearning resources!

Pilot Light Anywhere lessons are designed for teaching literacy-based food education for grades Pre-K through 12 – wherever you are. All lessons are built around our Food Education Standards and Common Core English Langauge Arts Standards. Our Food Education Standards provide a holistic scope of food education for all students.

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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!

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Our ever-growing team is searching for champions of food and nutrition whose backgrounds reflect those of the students we reach and who can help amplify students’ voices.

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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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Community Partner Spotlight: Feeding America’s Amirio Freeman & Corey Malone-Smolla

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We asked Beverly Kim what her motivation was for becoming a chef. She shared that she was the youngest of four girls and often served as her mother’s sous chef. Beverly’s mom stayed at home and took care of her family. As an immigrant family, they experienced many cultural barriers but delighted in coming together around food, particularly Korean meals that her mother cooked from scratch. Now, food connects Beverly to her parents and her heritage--it is a way for her to understand love and to nurture. As a second generation American, food was a powerful language for her growing up. These experiences made her decision to become a chef so fulfilling!

Hear more on Friday in our IG Live with Beverly Kim at 5:00 PM CT!

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for our gala--where we’re so happy to share that we’ll be joined by Beverly--on Friday, November 5th, 2021. Registration opens soon!

#feedyourmindgala #cheftakeover #pilotlightchefs

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