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

Pilot Light Coffee Release with Metric and Hopewell

12 noon - 5:00 pm

Hopewell Brewery, 2760 N Milwaukee Ave

Pilot Light Institute for Food Education


Ray Elementary School

Our Blog: Feeding Minds

December 24, 2017

Spiced Molasses Cookies From Our Kitchen to Yours

Spiced Molasses Cookies Ingredients  1¼ cups all-purpose flour  ½ cup whole wheat flour  1 teaspoon baking soda  1 teaspoon kosher salt  2 teaspoons ground ginger  1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon  ½ teaspoon ground cloves  1½ teaspoons finely ground black pepper, plus more for sprinkling  1 cup (packed) […]

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