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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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!

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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

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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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Serving soon…

Tickets for this summer’s Clean Plate Club screenings are going fast! Join us Tuesday, July 23rd for MYSTIC PIZZA and the following week Tuesday, July 30th for GOODFELLAS. Both presented on 35mm film! Tickets on sale now at

This year’s #CleanPlateClub: a Food and Film Series is copresented by @musicboxchicago and @pilotlightchefs, featuring delicious dishes from
chefs @cheftonypriolo of @piccolosognorestaurant & @pepperonitonie of @pauliegeeswickerpark and @pauliegeeslogansquare 👨‍🍳🍕🍝

Note: food ticket pairings are sold out, but movie tickets are still available! Thank you all for your amazing support.

Trailer by @mardergolem 🎥

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