Common Threads

equips communities with information to make nutritious food choices wherever they live, work, learn and play.

On-Demand Program

Kids can cook and learn at home with Common Threads! Sign up today for our FREE Small Bites Nutrition Education Program available now On-Demand.

TEACH Portal

Visit our professional development site filled with courses designed to equip educators to become nutrition and wellness ambassadors for their students and community.


Explore hundreds of recipes for healthy and cultural snacks, entrees, desserts and drinks

Learn more about our Cooking On-Demand programs today!

Cooking For Life

Common Threads is a national nonprofit that provides children and families cooking and nutrition education to encourage healthy habits that contribute to wellness. We equip under-resourced communities with information to make affordable, nutritious and appealing food choices wherever they live, work, learn, and play. We know that food is rooted in culture and tradition so we promote diversity in our lessons and recipes, encouraging our participants to celebrate the world around them.



Common Threads is a passionate team of problem solvers and learners driven by the desire to help build healthy, self-sustaining communities. Our approach is earnest, but not always conventional. We are intentional, but also entrepreneurial. Our work is experiential, with a desire for our lessons to complement and enhance learning. We are proud of our work, and humbled to be a part of communities across the country. Check out our latest public service announcement, and watch first hand the impact our work has in the communities we provide in.


At Common Threads, we are picking up our pots and pans to stir up some excitement for fun, healthy, easy cooking: In the schools, communities and kitchens across America.

Small Bites

Small Bites

This in- or after-school program teaches PK-8th grade students about nutrition and healthy cooking through a series of eight lessons combining nutrition and knife-free cooking.

Virtual Cooking Class


Offered virtually and in-person (with COVID protocols), Common Threads cooking classes bring students and parents together in the kitchen, featuring flavors from around the world.



This is a free, self-paced, virtual course for 3rd-5th grade students. Students will navigate through 9 interactive lessons exploring nutrition videos, snack making and more!

Parent Workshop

Parent Workshop

Engaging educational workshop for parents to learn how to encourage healthy eating habits at home with your family and in your communities.

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What’s New

Winter is Coming! Tips to stay healthy during the winter months. 

Winter is Coming! Tips to stay healthy during the winter months. 

With the winter season approaching, our food preferences might start to change. You may begin to crave hearty, comforting meals that warm your body from the inside out. The winter months are packed with holidays, family get-togethers, and events centered around food, which may make it seem impossible to stay on track with your health and fitness goals. In this article, we will go over three important tips and tricks to help you stay healthy during the winter months!

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The Connection Between Mental Health and Good Nutrition

The Connection Between Mental Health and Good Nutrition

Did you know that mental health and nutrition are connected? At Common Threads, we acknowledge this fact by focusing our work on nutrition AND overall wellness. After reading this article, you’ll understand why taking care of your body supports your mind, and vice versa. We hope you will gain some insight into how to better care for your overall well-being.

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What is the philosophy of “Food is Medicine”

What is the philosophy of “Food is Medicine”

Food is medicine is a term that is becoming more and more popular. It was a heavy topic at the 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, and is becoming a buzzword in the media. But do you know exactly what it means? Dive into to this blog as we discuss exactly what IS “Food is Medicine”.

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Digital Educational Portal


T.E.A.C.H. (Teaching Everyone About Cooking & Health) is an online portal designed to equip anyone and everyone with the skill sets to become a nutrition and wellness ambassador for your children, students and community. Learn more about our Small Bites healthy snack trainings, free webinar recordings and downloadable curriculum available today.

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Empowering Our Community


The communities in which we work have faced unprecedented food insecurity and hunger as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Support Common Threads’ efforts to provide hands-on cooking and nutrition education programming.



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