Food insecurity and obesity are real threats for children in DC and, paradoxically, they go hand-in-hand, rooted in poverty and a lack of access to healthy food. So Common Threads uses a comprehensive approach, engaging parents and teachers, alongside children from underserved communities, in the project of transforming their health. Programs include hands-on, culturally-relevant, after-school cooking lessons for children and families (interweaving math, language arts, science, healthy eating and … fun); trainings and curriculum materials for teachers and partner organizations that incorporate nutrition education into their classrooms and programs; and workshops and grocery store tours for family members. All programs provide individuals with the skills and knowledge they need to choose, prepare, and enjoy healthy meals. Embracing a healthier lifestyle – and celebrating diversity through food – means changing the way we cook and eat and think. What’s on your menu?

Headquarters: MD-Prince George's County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; VA-Fairfax County

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Schools They Work In: Aiton Elementary School; Beall Hall Elementary School; Bruce-Monroe Elementary School; Fox Hall Elementary School; Gaithersburg Elementary School; H.D. Woodson High School; Hendley Elementary School; Highland Elementary School; J.O. Wilson Elementary School; Leckie Education Campus; Lincoln Middle School; MacFarland Middle School; Meadow Hall Elementary School; Mt. Eagle Elementary School; Ritchie Park Elementary School; Sargent Shriver Elementary School; Stanton Elementary School; Summit Hall Elementary School; Thomas Elementary School; Truesdell Education Campus; Tubman Elementary School; Twinbrooke Elementary School; Washington School for Girls

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Budget (FY0)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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