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Common Threads



Allegheny County, PA, United States, Pennsylvania



Common Threads believes cooking is a life skill. Through hands-on cooking programs and nutrition education, our nonprofit organization provides a preventative health program solution in urban schools to children, families, and teachers in under-served communities. All programs are supported by Common Bytes, our digital nutrition education platform.


Small Bites: In Or After-School Nutrition Education

Eight 1-hour classes

This program teaches 3rd-8th grade students about nutrition and healthy cooking through a series of eight lessons combining nutrition and knife-free cooking. The lessons are taught by a trained classroom teacher and support Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Math and English. The lessons give students the opportunity to connect math, language arts, and science concepts to hands-on experiences that will give them tools to live longer, healthier lives. Graduates of this class will be able to make their own healthy snack at home!

Cooking Skills and World Cuisine: Chef-Led Student Cooking Programs

Ten 2-hour classes

This 3rd-8th grade program engages students’ tastes and minds. This global class explores the culture and cuisine of ten countries. In the kitchen, young chefs learn how to follow a recipe, prepare and cook ingredients, and always leave the kitchen as clean as they found it! This class challenges students to use a wide variety of cooking equipment and ensures that they know how to safely and effectively use each tool, including chef’s knives, graters, peelers, stoves, and ovens. Graduates of this program are able to cook a balanced healthy meal. A basic and advanced level are available.

Eat Well – Eat Smart Activities:

  • Fresh food – market
  • Fresh food – other
  • Nutritional education
  • Classes for adults
  • Classes for children


  • Families
  • Young Adult
  • Teens
  • Children 9-12
  • Children 8 and under
  • Parents/Caregivers
  • Teachers

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