Our Mission

Beecher’s Flagship Foundation is working to change the way America eats by empowering kids, families and teachers with information and tools to make healthy food choices for life. 


The Flagship Foundation provides our Pure Food Kids workshops free to schools (focusing on 4-5th grade students), homeschool, after-school and summer programs, as well as parent groups in the Seattle and New York City metro areas.

Our workshops use fun, hands-on and interactive “food detective” challenges to:

  • Spark curiosity about what’s really in the foods we eat
  • Teach people how to read nutrition labels and ingredient lists
  • Raise awareness about how food companies are marketing to us
  • Best of all, Pure Food Kids workshops get kids to be chefs, cooking and eating tasty, nourishing veggie chili right in their classrooms!


Beecher’s Flagship Foundation and our Pure Food workshops have empowered:

50,000 Kids

1,700 Teachers

95% of teachers ask us to bring our Pure Food Kids workshop into their classroom each year and demand is growing!

On average, kids answer nearly 80% of food & nutrition quiz questions correctly after our Pure Food Kids workshop, and fewer than 50% correct before the workshop

Bang for the buck!  Cost to turn one kid into a food detective: $10


Beecher’s Flagship Foundation was founded in 2004 by Kurt Beecher Dammeier, a food business entrepreneur committed to using pure foods free of additives, hormones, artificial colors and preservatives.   Kurt has a passion for empowering people to eat well and has poured this passion into creating and supporting the Pure Food workshops.  Kurt’s company, Sugar Mountain (and its growing family of businesses, including Beecher’s Handmade Cheese) contribute 1% of all sales to funding the Flagship Foundation.   At Sugar Mountain, and the Flagship Foundation, we believe that when people know what is actually in the foods they eat, they will opt for real food instead of highly processed products that can have a negative impact on their healthy.


With additional support, we can empower every kid, every family, to make healthy food choices for life.  As the proverb says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Turn a kid into a food detective for $10

Provide a Pure Food Kids workshop to a school classroom for $300

Provide a Pure Food Families workshop to a PTA group for $200

Please consider making a donation to support the Flagship Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, and our Pure Food Workshop program.

To find out how your business can partner to support our work, please contact Kristin Hyde, Kristin@flagshipfoundation.org, 206-971-4169









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