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 25, 2019

By PilotLight

Harris Policy Labs and Pilot Light: Building a Coalition of Support for Food Education

In 2018,Pilot Light released the nation’s first-ever Food Education Standards, a set of recommendations for food education for K-12 students. The Food Education Standards were developed in collaboration with Pilot Light co-founders and notable Chicago chefs Paul Kahan, Matthias Merges and Jason Hammel, as well as nutrition and education experts and faculty from the University

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September 3, 2019

By pilotlight@dmin

Pilot Light Partners with the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation to Bring Food Education to Summer Camp

What do professional hockey leagues and Pilot Light have in common? We all have to eat, right! Pilot Light was excited to provide produce-focused lessons this summer. More than 800 kids from across Chicago participated in Healthy Hawks camp run by the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation in collaboration with Pilot Light. Students created snacks using an

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July 25, 2019

By PilotLight

Student Activism in Action: Former Governor Pat Quinn joins Ray Elementary School to Support Student Polystyrene Ban Petition

Last month students from Ray Elementary School, along with former Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, made history when they took a trip to the Chicago City Hall to present their ordinance to ban polystyrene use in Chicago restaurants. As part of their Pilot Light Food Advocacy Project, 6th grade science teacher Vicki Drewa and her students

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June 17, 2019

By PilotLight

A Pretty Cool Ice Cream Experience

Last month Pilot Light teamed up with  to bring a one-of-a-kind experience to the students at Disney II Magnet School. Students worked together to brainstorm unique pop flavors and ingredients. The students voted on their favorites, and the top two winners were created and sold in Pretty Cool’s Logan Square shop this May. Sprinkles of

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By PilotLight

Pilot Light’s Memo to the Mayor

Last month, Pilot Light hosted our On the Table community dinner, as part of The Chicago Community Trust’s On The Table initiative. This year’s goal was to create a Memo to the Mayor – a real and tangible way to share our ideas about important issues with Chicago’s new mayor Lori Lightfoot and her administration.

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May 10, 2019

By PilotLight

Extending the Love: Student-led Love Lunches and More Advocacy Project at Claremont Academy Returns

In January 2019 Pilot Light was a recipient of the Chicago Housing Consulting Services grant and over the past two weeks the grant was put into action as Pilot Light and Claremont Academy extended its Love Lunches and More  Advocacy Project. The $5000 grant extended the student-envisioned Love Lunches Advocacy Project to support homeless families

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By PilotLight

Pilot Light and the Chan Zuckerburg Initiative – Building a Future for Everyone  

  We are excited to announce that, with the support of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), Pilot Light is conducting meetings and site visits with FoodCorps to explore the intersection of our work and how we can partner to strengthen the nationwide food education movement. We are also collaborating with researchers to explore positive relationships between

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April 12, 2019

By PilotLight

Envisioning a Food Educated Chicago

Last month, Pilot Light welcomed representatives from partner organizations to The Future of Food Education, a breakfast designed to foster conversations and visioning around a food educated Chicago. Hosted at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center and in partnership with its Community Programs Accelerator, guests from more than 20 organizations participated, including Growing Home, Common

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March 10, 2019

By PilotLight

Growing our Partnership with the University of Chicago

  Pilot Light’s partnership with the University of Chicago continues to grow!  With thanks to Advisory Board members Dr. Deb Burnet and Dr. Mike Quinn, we are the proud recipients of a grant from the Institution for Translational Medicine at the University of Chicago.  Through the $60,000 grant ($18,250 of which will directly support Pilot

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January 24, 2019

By PilotLight

Pilot Light Awarded the Chicago Housing Consulting Services Grant

  Yesterday, Pilot Light was among fellow Chicago non-profits attending the Embracing Youth Opportunities Award ceremony. Pilot Light is excited to be the recipient of the Chicago Housing Consulting Services grant, providing $5000 to help extend food education programs.   With the support from the Chicago Housing Consulting Services grant, Pilot Light will extend its “Love

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