This summer, Anoka County Library (ACL) is bringing healthy eating and food education to its libraries, named Curiosity Kitchen, through programming and demonstration cooking carts from The Charlie Cart Project.
This initiative is a partnership between ACL and the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership.
The goals of this partnership include increasing access to healthy eating through education and skill building. This programming will help fulfill the partnership’s overall aims of “creating healthier communities across Minnesota by expanding opportunities for active living and healthy eating.” Curiosity Kitchen will be located at various library branches later this summer, with programming focusing on school-age children.
Curiosity Kitchen will allow libraries to provide hands-on programming to children, which will increase their knowledge of healthy foods, as well as provide them invaluable experience in creating healthy recipes themselves.
“Curiosity Kitchen is an excellent way to expand on the idea of a makerspace and provide healthy eating education,” said Maggie Snow, Anoka County Library’s director. “It will allow the library to further enhance its current offerings and services to the community in a non-traditional and valuable way.”
Visit charliecart.org for more information regarding the carts, curriculum, and training.