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Kitchen in a Box Grant

“The South Carolina State Library is the recipient of a grant from the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM). This grant is the second from the NNLM to the State Library, to be used to purchase “kitchen in a box” kits for rural library locations and provide health literacy and culinary training for library staff.

The 12 partner libraries are in Abbeville, Aiken, Chester, Clarendon, Dillon, Jasper, Marion, Marlboro, Saluda, Williamsburg, and York counties. These rural public libraries will work with a local health partner to create stronger connections between the local library and the health organizations. The local partners include area health departments, school nutritionists, and local facilities such as Aiken’s Clyburn Center for Primary Care.

Due to COVID-19, most libraries are not yet planning in-person programming, so the State Library is working with various statewide partners to create virtual program options and printable handouts The kits include necessary kitchen supplies, a collection of cookbooks, picture books for programming, and a Charlie Cart Project Curriculum Binder.”

Over the next six months, Aiken County Public Library and other libraries within the ABBE Regional Library System will be using the materials to create a series of health literacy programs. Programs are designed for various ages and will include cooking demonstrations, nutrition and physical activity tips, interactive social media posts and resources.

We’ve already got some great content on our YouTube channel and Facebook and Instagram pages. Want more? Over the next six months, staff will also be putting together libguides on various subjects. Libguides, or library guides, are made just for you by librarians and are tailored to subjects of certain matters.

Links to the libguides will be posted on our Facebook page and here when they are available.

Mental Health: A Health Literacy Libguide

Microbes: A Health Literacy Libguide

Low Budget Meals: A Health Literacy Libguide

“This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Grant Number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Baltimore and administered by South Carolina State Library. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”