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

The Importance of Eating Together as a Family

The Importance of Eating Together as a Family

For many, family meals are reserved for special occasions such as holidays or reunions. As everyone balances their daily schedules, it can sometimes be difficult to plan consistent meals with your family. However, setting aside time to spend with your family and share a meal together may be more important than one may think and worth adjusting a schedule for.

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Common Threads Community Top Chef L.A. was a Complete Success

Common Threads Community Top Chef L.A. was a Complete Success

On Monday, August 8, Common Threads hosted a Community Top Chef cooking competition in Los Angeles. Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, this event celebrated the upcoming launch of Common Threads’ High School Career Exploration pilot program, a collaboration with LAUSD, Susan Miller Dorsey High School, and Chef Sonja Mason.

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Intuitive Eating: What is it and how can you use it.

Intuitive Eating: What is it and how can you use it.

Intuitive Eating! If it’s not a diet, what exactly is it? Intuitive Eating is a mind-body approach to eating created by two dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. It involves listening to your body and responding to its messages to meet your physical and psychological needs.

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Upcoming Events

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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.

Recipes of the Month

September Highlights


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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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