Why We're Here

Kids have the power to create a better food future.

The Beecher's Foundation is a small team of stubborn optimists who believe that today's youth hold the power to transform our broken food system. We are unapologetic eaters who believe that all foods fit in a healthy diet, and we are out to demand that food companies value the health of our communities as much as they value their bottom lines.

Beecher's Foundation

The mission of The Beecher's Foundation is to build a better food future for all. Our virtual field trip educates and inspires kids to make positive food choices for life. The Seattle-based Foundation was launched in 2004 by Sugar Mountain founder Kurt Beecher Dammeier.

We're on a mission

To turn every 4th grader into a Food Detective! [something about our philosophy here - there is no such thing as a good or bad food, in fact we believe all foods fit in a healthy diet! Our program shines a light on the flaws in our food system that lead to over X% of our diet being ultra processed - often we consume these foods without realizing what they really are, thanks to clever marketing, confusing health claims, and misleading nutrition facts. ETC.

Inside the [program?]

What happens in our virtual field trip is top secret - but if you must know, it is free, fun, and learning-standards aligned. Students investigate packages, learn to read labels, and practice making food choices once they have cracked the code on how food companies market their foods etc.

Our Beliefs

Our Beliefs Guide Our Actions

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We believe in real food

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

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We believe it's all about education

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Our Team

The Defenders of Real Food

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Kelly Lake
Executive Director
Jonathan Saturay
NYC Operations Director