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Common Threads

Mission Statement

To educate low-income children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being, empowering them to be agents of change for healthier families, schools and communities. By providing children with a toolkit of knowledge and skills, we can help prevent childhood obesity and reverse the trend of generations of non-cookers, getting America's kids cooking for life!

About Us

Founded in Chicago in 2003, Common Threads now has programming in six major US cities and expansion plans for two more in the near future. Throughout the 2014-2015 school year and summer, we have created lasting and meaningful change in the lives of more than 40,000 low-income students.

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Founded by Chef Art Smith and artist Jesus Salgueiro in 2003, Common Threads grew out of the belief that family and food have the power to nurture and strengthen us, to connect us to culture and community, and to teach and excite us about our world. By sharing the delight of cooking and delicious recipes, in conjunction with practical life-skills in health and nutrition, Common Threads can change lives.

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United States of America

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222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza
Suite 1212
Chicago, IL 60654



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