Common Threads provides after-school programming to low-income children between 8 and 12 years old. Students learn basic kitchen skills, cooking techniques, and the importance of fresh ingredients as they prepare healthy ethnic cuisines together. Chef Instructors incorporate nutrition tips and cultural information into lessons that teach our students how to connect with their bodies, their neighbors, and their world in a healthy way.
By using the power of food to show how much we have in common with our neighbors, we teach children that we are more similar than different. We can bridge cultural boundaries and strengthen our bond as a global family through the simple process of preparing and sharing a meal with others.
Classes are offered in 12-week sessions throughout the school-year—fall and spring. Classes meet once per week and are free to students who qualify for free or reduced school lunches. A national organization, Common Threads currently provides programs in 14 different Chicago neighborhood locations. During the 2010 programming year, they will serve approximately 1,000 students.