Mobile Teaching Kitchen Project Grows To One Hundred-Plus Units From Coast To Coast
By April Hamilton
With home economics fading into memory, an educator in California is working to get kids cooking. The Charlie Cart Project is a hands-on cooking program that teaches food literacy and cooking in schools. It is a fully equipped, colorful mobile kitchen and well-researched recipe binder that follows the seasons and curriculum for kindergarten through fifth grade. Carolyn Federman, founder and executive director, rolled out the first Charlie Cart in 2014 after a kitchen table chat with a designer friend the year before. They raised $42,000 in a Kickstarter campaign, launched a prototype, and shipped three carts in 2015.