The South Carolina State Library has a new program which teaches kids and communities about making healthy food choices.
The Read, Eat, Grow program includes a visit from the “Charlie Cart,” a mobile kitchen that can be taken to libraries and schools.
“It’s aimed at improving nutrition literacy at our schools and libraries throughout the state of South Carolina,” Public Information Coordinator Ellen Dunn said. “We have found that nowadays there aren’t as many home education projects and programs that there used to be as when kids were coming up in schools. So we decided to modernize it.”
The program is offered free of cost to schools and libraries. The food literacy curriculum uses recipes to teach students about math or sciences and allows for a hands-on program.
“People want to eat well and they want to eat healthy,” Dunn said. “They just don’t know how and in some ways, they seemed overwhelmed because they think it takes this intricate process to cook healthy meals and it really doesn’t. It’s just a matter of understanding good nutrition and pre-planning.”
The program, including the Charlie Cart, is offered at libraries across the country.
“Obviously in schools, we’ll gear it toward children but when we get into public libraries we’re looking at the entire family,” Dunn said. “So we want to make it fun for the children but we want to make it educational for the parents so that they’re able to understand what it takes to prepare healthy meals at home.”
For more information on Read, Eat, Grow, or to schedule a Charlie Cart visit at your school or library, contact Dunn via email.