Why We're Here

People have the power to create a new food future.

The Beecher's foundation is a team of change-makers, stubborn optimists, and unapologetic eaters. We live in the real world, we don't shy away from the stickiest problems, and we believe in the power of individuals to make everyday choices that will transform our food system.

Beecher's Foundation

The mission of The Beecher's Foundation is to build a better food future for all. Through direct programming for youth and adults, we educate and inspire people to eat real food and vote with every food dollar. The Seattle-based Foundation was launched in 2004 by Sugar Mountain founder Kurt Beecher Dammeier and operates two programs: The Pure Food Kids Workshop and Sound Food Uprising.

Our Beliefs

Our Beliefs Guide Our Actions

01

We believe in real food

We believe in real food that keeps our bodies and minds healthy and our families and workplaces connected and energized.

02

We believe it's all about education

Food is personal—it’s what connects us to our cultures, memories, and each other. Giving children, families and employee peer groups information about the food system and their role in it is the most potent way to effect change.

03

We believe food is the central ingredient of justice

Nourishment of minds and bodies is at the heart of our ability to meet our full potential. We can't wait for government or the medical system to intervene — we must act upstream.

04

We believe demand drives supply

Through changing our eating, shopping, and cooking behaviors, we can radically shift the food supply and food-based health outcomes.

05

We believe in living in the real world

While the jump from eating junk food to an apple is an ideal way improve health, we're focused on realistic, everyday changes. Choosing less processed foods with shorter ingredient lists adds up to improved health outcomes.

Our Values

Words to Live By

Impact

Driving for results. No excuses.

Candor

Speaking directly, listening intently.

Impatience

In a hurry to make change, dangit.

Pioneering

Forging new paths, unbound by convention.

Justice

Food education for all.

Our Impact. We are making a real difference. See How.

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Advisory Board

Guidance and Inspiration

Garnet Anderson, Ph.D
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Lisa Brummel
Microsoft (ret)
Andrew Cole
Swedish Medical Center
Jacques Colon
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Kurt Beecher Dammeier
Chair - Sugar Mountain
Ben Danielson
Seattle Children's
Felecia Job
Microsoft (ret)
Leesa Manion
King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Suzy Monford
QFC
Brandy Nordstrom
Community Volunteer and President of the SMooCH Guild
Laura Paulus
Exponential Health
Tricia Raikes
Raikes Foundation
Jeff Schoenfeld
J-Max Real Estate
Paul Shoemaker
Paul Shoemaker, Inc.
Our Team

The Defenders of Real Food

Sara Morris
President
Sara Billups
Director of Communications
Shawna Brennan
Program Logistics Coordinator
Catherine Gerlach
Director of Business Development
Jason Keen
Director of Development
Kelly Lake
Director of Programs
Jonathan Saturay
NYC Operations Director
Lauren Weber
Director of Operations
Alison Adair
Instructor
Guinevere Amadeo
Instructor
Samantha Brumfield
Instructor
Margaret Chaykin
Instructor
Julie Dahlen
Instructor
Lizzie Diehl
Instructor
Kayla Dinsfriend
Workshop Coordinator
Nora Dummer
Instructor
Kent Ferris
Instructor
Laurie Hugdahle
Instructor
Sara Kay
Instructor
Angela King
Instructor
Aubrey McGlynn
Instructor
Jo Quiocho
Instructor
Lindsay Sharma
Instructor
Sarita Valji
Instructor
Lena Young
Workshop Coordinator
Program Participants, Friends & Allies

Our Corporate Partners

Program Participants, Friends & Allies

Our Community Partners