Sending Kids to Cooking School: Chicago-based PRE Brands beef company partners with nonprofit Common Threads

Chicago-based beef startup PRE Brands is helping to send at least 300 local kids to cooking school this fall. PRE Brands is a consumer based start-up purveyor company that sells 100 percent grass fed and grass finished premium beef. Throughout the month of August, a portion of PRE’s ground beef sales will be donated to Chicago nonprofit Common Threads as they bring culturally-relevant cooking and nutrition programming to underserved Chicago youths for their fall curriculum. 

Founded in 2003 by Chicago Chef Art Smith, artist Jesus Salgueiro and CEO Linda Novick O'Keefe, Common Threads was created to bring health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education. By integrating preventative health programs into school districts and community organizations, Common Threads not only helps combat the rising number of diet-related diseases, but also cultivates a culture that embraces a healthier lifestyle and celebrates diversity through food. The organization envisions a community of learners that embraces healthy cooking, healthy eating and healthy living as both a life choice and a human right. Common Threads is committed to reaching 1 million children by 2020 and hopes to eventually make its programs an integral part of childhood education for all. To learn more about the programs visit:

So fire up the grill and help send some lucky kids to cooking school! In addition to selling grass fed ground beef, PRE's product offerings include hand trimmed steaks and seasonal specialty cuts. Look for their ground beef at Chicagoland Mariano's, Meijer, Heinen's and Treasure Island grocery stores. Also available online at Amazon Fresh, Peapod and Jet. For information on how to donate to Common Threads, and for some great recipes visit: