WE ARE A DOING FOUNDATION.

 
 
There are too many additives and preservatives in our food. While nearly 1/3 of Americans are overweight or obese, nearly all of Americans are getting sick from their food. Our goal is to change the way families eat.
— Kurt Beecher Dammeier | Founder of Beecher's Pure Food Kids Foundation

The best way to create change in the way we eat is to empower kids with knowledge and life skills.  Kids who learn to read labels and cook will inspire their families to make healthy food choices for life.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, private operating foundation that is changing the way America eats.

Learn more about our strategy.

We could not accomplish our mission without the dynamic leadership of our staff and instructors, who bring a wide variety of experience in culinary arts, public health, education, nutrition, policy, and years of working with youth.

Click on their bios to learn more about them.

Sara Morris President Bio | Email

Sara Morris

President

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Sara Billups Director of Communications and Public Affairs Bio | Email

Sara Billups

Director of Communications and Public Affairs

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Lindsay Sharma Workshop Instructor   Bio

Lindsay Sharma

Workshop Instructor  

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Guinevere Amadeo Workshop Instructor Bio

Guinevere Amadeo

Workshop Instructor

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Julie Dahlen Workshop Instructor Bio

Julie Dahlen

Workshop Instructor

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Lizzie Diehl Workshop Instructor Bio

Lizzie Diehl

Workshop Instructor

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Lesley Jones Workshop Instructor Bio

Lesley Jones

Workshop Instructor

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Chuck McKeever Workshop Instructor Bio

Chuck McKeever

Workshop Instructor

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Jonathan Saturay New York City Operations Director Bio  |  Email 

Jonathan Saturay

New York City Operations Director

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Kelly Lake Curriculum and Product Development Specialist Bio | Email

Kelly Lake

Curriculum and Product Development Specialist

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Kent Ferris Workshop Instructor Bio

Kent Ferris

Workshop Instructor

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Angela King Workshop Instructor Bio

Angela King

Workshop Instructor

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Samantha Brumfield Workshop Instructor Bio

Samantha Brumfield

Workshop Instructor

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Kylee Wormuth Workshop Instructor Bio

Kylee Wormuth

Workshop Instructor

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Carlee Hoover Workshop Instructor Bio

Carlee Hoover

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Matt Abel Workshop Instructor Bio

Matt Abel

Workshop Instructor

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Lauren Weber Director of Operations and Programming Bio  |  Email

Lauren Weber

Director of Operations and Programming

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Nora Dummer Workshop Instructor Bio

Nora Dummer

Workshop Instructor

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Niesha Fort Workshop Instructor Bio

Niesha Fort

Workshop Instructor

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Jenny Furman Workshop Instructor Bio

Jenny Furman

Workshop Instructor

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Raquel Jacquez Workshop Instructor Bio

Raquel Jacquez

Workshop Instructor

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Alison Adair Workshop Instructor Bio

Alison Adair

Workshop Instructor

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Sara Kay Workshop Instructor Bio

Sara Kay

Workshop Instructor

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Our Story

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Seattle food entrepreneur and chef, Kurt Beecher Dammeier, has long been concerned about the growing number of food additives in the food supply, as well as the misleading food packaging that was attracting his own children. To effect change, in 2004, he founded the Beecher’s Flagship Foundation, aiming to support youth food education programs that teach children how to know what’s in the foods they eat so they are empowered to make healthier food choices for life.

Disappointed by the lack of comprehensive food education and cooking programs for youth in the schools, Kurt decided that, to fill the void, the Foundation would develop its own program. With input by experts at Washington State University, in 2006, the very first Pure Food Kids Workshop was held – and the educational community latched on.

A learning-standards-based curricula free to schools, the Workshop’s effectiveness and fun-factor led to high-demand by public and private schools.  With a focus on reaching elementary students with marketing, label reading, and cooking education, in 2014, the initiative changed its name to Pure Food Kids Foundation, and continues to support hundreds of schools in the Seattle and New York City metro areas with its Pure Food Kids Workshop.

The Pure Food Kids Foundation is primarily funded by the ongoing donation by Kurt’s company, Sugar Mountain, whose core mission is to “Change the Way America Eats.” Providing full-flavored foods free of harmful, industrial food additives, the Sugar Mountain family of businesses includes Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, The Butcher's Table, Pasta & Co, Bennett’s, Mishima Reserve, and Maximus / Minimus.

Thanks to our supporters!

 
 

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Please contact us to find out how you or your business can help us engage thousands of kids in learning how to make healthy food choices for life.

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