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.
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We believe that Food Education is a vital component of building a better food systems future and deepening our connection to ourselves, our communities, and our world.

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Pilot Light has resources for educators, community members, and parents:

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 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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Our Impact

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

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

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Pilot Light Gala 2023 “Feed Your Mind”

Venue West (221 N. Paulina St) in West Loop/West Town

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5th Annual Food Education Fellowship: Welcome, Fellows!

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🌿The 2023 #feedyourmindgala is right around the corner! We want to say thank you to our generous Feed Your Mind sponsor @highroadwineandspirits for their amazing support of our work connecting with educators and students through the power of food!

🌸Tickets for the 2023 Feed Your Mind Gala are now sold out - but you still have the chance to support Pilot Light classrooms and win some amazing prizes by participating in our silent auction and raffles (raffle participants must reside in Illinois only).

🤩 Updates about these exciting prizes are coming soon - be sure to sign up for our newsletter and click the "2023 Feed Your Mind Gala Updates" box to be the first to get the chance to place your bids! Link is in our bio.
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