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?

COVID-19 Update: Digital learning resources, virtual classes for educators, students, and parents, and meal and food distribution are just some of the special initiatives undertaken by Common Threads during the pandemic. In addition, it provides online wellness programs to promote the physical and mental health of staff, partners, and friends of the organization.

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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