The Mobile Kitchen Changing Food Education Across the U.S.
October 2019 / By Andrea Oyuela
The Charlie Cart Project is an all-in-one, hands-on learning program using a kitchen on wheels to teach both children and adults how to make healthy food choices. “Imagine walking into a classroom of 4th graders studying math. At the front of the room is a bright, colorful kitchen: that’s the Charlie Cart.
Have Cart, Will Travel: Portable Kitchens Bring Edible Education Into Classrooms
January 14, 2020 / By Alix Wall
Carolyn Federman has become an expert in getting picky children to eat foods they don’t like. “Studies show that kids need to be introduced to a new food somewhere around 17 times,” she said. “As a parent, you have to be patient and keep serving that food.”
Teaching Kids to Cook: Building Confidence, One Meal at a Time
June 19, 2019 / By Carolyn Federman
Growing up, math was like a foreign language. I literally could not understand what the teachers were saying, especially as they were often writing on the chalkboard with their backs to the class. My mom tried everything—even resorting to a book called “Overcoming Math Anxiety”—but math simply did not and would not make sense to…
“My philosophy is, we find out what challenges a community faces and ask how can we help them,” Devlin says. It’s a philosophy shared by many libraries across the country that are increasingly developing mobile food programs to teach food literacy and deliver wholesome meals and snacks to children and adults who might otherwise lack…
Food Literacy Programs Teach More Than Cooking and Nutrition
September 28, 2018 / By Kelley R. Taylor
Across the country, organizations have found exciting ways to reach communities and teach students about nutrition and healthy eating through cooking. “Charlie Cart has enabled us to offer fun cooking programs for kids that are run by staff,” says Oakland (CA) Public Library (OPL) acting director Lana Adlawan. Recent cooking programs at OPL have featured…
Carolyn Federman recalls one of the first dishes she cooked as a child. It was meatloaf and mashed potatoes, and it was for her mom. “I remembered my dad was out of town, my siblings were gone. It was just the two of us,” she said.
Community Profile: Gloria Stoverink, Nutrition Coordinator, Jackson R2 Schools, Missouri
/ by Raquel Sharp
Gloria Stoverink is a Registered Dietitian with a clinical background. She moved to school foodservice two years before starting with the Charlie Cart. Now, she uses the Charlie Cart mobile kitchen and and curriculum to focus directly on one grade per month at Jackson R2 Elementary in Missouri.
Mobile Teaching Kitchen Project Grows To One Hundred-Plus Units From Coast To Coast
October 21, 2018 / 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…