A grant enabled the YMCA of the Kanawha Valley to purchase a Charlie Cart, which includes tools like cutting boards and mixing bowls, an induction cook top, small oven and a sink. The sink is able to operate without connection to plumbing. A tank is filled before use and used water flows into a graywater bucket for disposal.
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.
The curriculum covers basic recipes and a set of lessons for kindergarten to fifth-grade students in various subjects.
This Saturday, November 4, 2017, the YMCA is having an Open House and demonstration of the Charlie Cart from 10:00 a.m – noon at their Charleston location at 100 YMCA Drive in Charleston, WV.
April Hamilton, who now resides in Louisiana, is returning to Charleston and plans to make 2 school visits along with the Open House demonstration at the YMCA.