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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Falling for Food Education

Join us 10/21 5-8pm at The Charleston Bar!

Come connect with the Pilot Light YPB and learn about Pilot Light programming, the upcoming Gala, and ways to get involved! We’ll have a speciality fall cocktail, delicious tapas from Bocadillo Market, and amazing raffle prizes! Entry is free – donations and raffle proceeds will support food education programming

Pilot Light Partners with WTTW to Launch "Food Thoughts"

We partnered with WTTW to launch Food Thoughts, a new animated seven-part series of one-minute videos that debut on October 11! New episodes will air throughout the WTTW Kids lineup each week through the week of November 15. 

Hosted by Pilot Light’s own puppy chef, “Puprika,” each Food Thoughts episode is based on one of Pilot Light’s Food Education Standards.

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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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Announcing FOOD THOUGHTS – Videos from WTTW and Pilot Light for Kids & Families

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There’s just 48 hours left to order charcuterie, pastries, and cocktails to enjoy at home with this year’s Pilot Light Gala on 11/5!

Don’t miss your chance to order a delicious charcuterie board from @chefjamesmartin from @bocadillomarket with Serrano Ham, Manchego cheese, Sobrassada Goat cheese, piquillo peppers, citrus & nora pepper marinated olives, smoked apple butter, Andalucia spiced marcona almonds, picos & crostinisSerrano Ham, Manchego cheese, Sobrassada Goat cheese, piquillo peppers, citrus & nora pepper marinated olives, smoked apple butter, Andalucia spiced marcona almonds, picos & crostinis.

Pair it with unbelievably delicious pastries from @leighomilinsky and @nna_posey.

And--11/5 is a Friday night and you’ll be ready for a cocktail! Get your kit to make a “Shine a Light" Negroni at home from @matthias1966 @billysundaychicago! You’ll be ready to join us during the gala pre-show to see Matthias and @belinda_chicago change make this delicious drink!

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