Photo by Doug Buerlein
A state-of-the-art mobile kitchen is hitting the roads around Richmond in an effort to help local families and children make informed decisions about their health and nutrition.
Commissioned by Bon Secours, Class-A-Roll is traveling primarily to the city’s East End and Church Hill neighborhoods, teaching hands-on lessons in nutrition and healthy food preparation to parents between the ages of 18 and 35 and to children under 12.
Class-A-Roll was developed in response to studies showing that residents of disadvantaged areas struggle with access to fresh food and grocery store options.
Chefs from Edible Education, Tricycle Gardens and Shalom Farms, as well as other volunteers, have partnered with Bon Secours to lead cooking lessons aboard the mobile kitchen, which will visit schools, fitness centers, churches, the YMCA and Bon Secours events. “The real goal is to provide the skill and knowledge base for how to stay and be healthy. Food is so important, and sometimes we forget that,” says Rachel Bulifant, manager of community nutrition at Bon Secours Richmond Health System.