Through our Feeding Minds blog, we provide engaging content that connects our audience to all things food; from sharing stories of our classrooms, to picking fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets, to healthy eating tips, to cooking advice, to must-try restaurants and food festivals, to kid-friendly activities.

 

November 12, 2022

By PilotLight

Announcing the Brian E. Kruk Memorial Fund

In Tribute to our Beloved Board Member and Friend, Brian Kruk 1981-2022   November 4, 2022 During the 2022 Feed Your Mind Gala, on behalf of the Pilot Light Board of Directors, President Matthias Merges and Treasurer Frank Mahoney announced the creation of the Brian E. Kruk Memorial Fund. Brian Kruk was a dear friend

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September 26, 2022

By PilotLight

The Upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health 

On September 28, 2022 the Biden-Harris Administration will host the first White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in 50 years. The last conference to address this topic, in 1969, resulted in policy changes that expanded programs like SNAP, WIC, and school food programming. The White House has outlined five key pillars to guide

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September 8, 2022

By PilotLight

Announcing Our New USDA NIFA-Funded AgEd & Advocacy Program

August 8, 2022 (Chicago, IL) – Pilot Light today announced a new initiative, called AgEd & Advocacy, that will provide 6th-8th grade Chicago teachers with classroom activities, resources, and professional development to support the delivery of a research-based agriculture education program in their classrooms. The program will also feature a Youth Peer Leader Training to

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September 7, 2022

By PilotLight

Pilot Light Supports HB 4813

In June, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed House Bill 4813 into law. Prior to this bill, school districts in the state that participated in the National School Lunch Program (a federal program that reimburses school districts that are serving free and reduced lunches to qualifying students) were required to enter into food service contracts with the

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September 1, 2022

By PilotLight

Pilot Light Kicks Off A New School Year by Welcoming 25 Food Education Fellows to Institute!

Pilot Light kicked off August with our two-day Summer Institute, the first professional development session for our 2022-23 Food Education Fellows. Fellows were introduced to our Food Education Standards and learned how to make experiential food education a part of classroom learning. We also welcomed two guests speakers, including Chef Jessica Pamonicutt, who shared the

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By PilotLight

USDA FNS Administrator Cindy Long Visits Pilot Light

This week, Pilot Light was honored to welcome Administrator Cindy Long from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS) to visit one of our Chicago classrooms to get a first-hand look at Pilot Light’s engaging food education in action. Administer Long was touring the work that the USDA FNS does

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July 20, 2022

By PilotLight

Pilot Light’s Associate Board Welcomes Thirteen Members

Pilot Light’s Associate Board The Associate Board raises awareness of and funds for Pilot Light by promoting their food education programs. In addition, members support Pilot Light by: Cultivating relationships. Engaging others via social media, in social functions, and events. Volunteering for Pilot Light. Recruiting New Associate Board Members In April, Pilot Light’s Associate Board

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June 6, 2022

By PilotLight

FRESHFARM Becomes the Latest Organization to Adopt Pilot Light Food Education Standards

In 2018, after receiving a grant from the USDA Farm to School program, Pilot Light was invited to speak at their annual grantee gathering in Detroit. The 150 attendees heard our Director of Education deliver a presentation centered on our Food Education Standards, the first-ever nationwide recommendations for food education.  Since then, Pilot Light has

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May 6, 2022

By PilotLight

With Pilot Light, Food Education is Part of Everyday Learning

Teachers Make Food Education Part of Everyday Learning with Pilot Light’s Fellowship Launched in 2019, Pilot Light’s Food Education Fellowship is a year-long professional development and leadership experience for a cohort of PreK-12 teachers from across the country. Through the program, teachers build capacity and skills to make important food education part of everyday learning

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April 28, 2022

By PilotLight

Pilot Light’s Food Education Fellowship Earns Rave Reviews from Teachers

Launched in 2019, Pilot Light’s Food Education Fellowship is a year-long professional development and leadership experience for a cohort of PreK-12 teachers from across the country. The program is designed to build teacher capacity and skill to make important food education part of everyday learning for their students. Guided by Pilot Light’s Food Education Standards,

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