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South Carolina Read Eat Grow: Charlie Cart

This guide contains resources pertaining to the SC State Library "SC Read Eat Grow" initiative, encouraging nutrition education, health literacy and food-related programming in public libraries.

The Charlie Cart Project

The Charlie Cart Project is an integrated educational program that connects food and cooking with lessons in Math, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. They combine a rigorous curriculum with a mobile kitchen classroom to deliver hands-on nutrition education in any learning environment. 

Check-Out Charlie

If you are interested in scheduling a demonstration for library staff with a SC State Library staff member, or if you would like to reserve the Charlie Cart for your Library to demo for patrons, please contact Rebecca Antill or Andersen Cook.

If you would like more information on purchasing a Charlie Cart of your own, please visit:

Why the Charlie Cart Project?

Today, many children in this country take their main – and sometimes only – meals at school. They are not eating together with their families, and they don't know where their food comes from. Over the course of their lifetime, their food choices will impact not only their own health, but the health of their communities and the environment.  

The Charlie Cart Project provides the tools and knowledge children need to make healthy choices for life. Cooking is an ideal medium for learning: it is hands-on, engaging and rewarding. Hands-on learning promotes success across disciplines and develops collaboration, critical thinking skills, and subject mastery. 

The Charlie Cart Project complements programs where gardens or limited cooking are already place, and provides an easy point of entry for schools that are just getting started with food education. 

What's Included in the Charlie Cart?

In the Mobile Kitchen:

  • Everything you need to deliver cooking lessons in one place
  • Convection oven and induction cooktop
  • Stainless steel rinse station with grey water recovery
  • Smallwares, such as whisks, peelers and measuring utensils
  • Power and electrical system optimized for classroom use
  • One year fit-and-finish warranty

The Curriculum includes: 

  • A set of 54 lesson plans, aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core math and English Language Arts in K-5
  • Simple, seasonal recipes that support foundational cooking skills
  • Cross-disciplinary connections between food, health and the environment
  • Developed by curriculum experts, professional chefs and educators 

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