Founded in 2003 in Chicago, Common Threads was created to bring health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education. By integrating preventative health programs into school districts and community organizations, Common Threads not only helps combat the rising number of diet-related diseases, but also cultivates a culture that embraces a healthier lifestyle and celebrates diversity through food. The organization envisions a community of learners that embraces healthy cooking, healthy eating and healthy living as both a life choice and a human right.
Common Threads currently operates in 13 major cities including Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Dallas/Ft Worth, TX; El Paso, TX; Erie, PA; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; New York City, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; San Antonio, TX and Washington D.C. During the 2017-18 school year and summer, it provided hands-on cooking skills to more than 100,000 students, worked with over 500 schools and partner sites and served more than half a million healthy meals and snacks.
Common Threads is committed to reaching 1 million children by 2020 and hopes to eventually make its programs an integral part of childhood education for all. To learn more, visit