Helena Food share hosted its annual Parking Lot Party on Friday to celebrate their clients and the community support.
At the event the organization showed off the Charlie Cart, their newest tool in fighting hunger.
The Charlie Cart is the product of national project that encourages healthy eating choices and cooking skills; it was paid for by a grant through the City of Helena.
We asked the creators of the Charlie Cart about the name; they replied: "It’s meant to be the great great grandchild of the Chuckwagon of the American prairie. As it turns out, a lot of young people don’t know about the chuckwagon! It was one of the first recorded mobile kitchens, and enabled cowboys to transport perishable meat for the first time."
The mobile cooking center is stocked with utensils and appliances to provide hands-on nutrition classes and demonstrations at the party or at schools.
Helena Food Share Executive Director Bruce Day says the cart is a great addition to their programs.
“It’s an educational resource so it helps us to do food demonstrations and food education in our food bank or food pantry but also to work with partner organizations in the communities,” says Day.
Day also wanted to thank everyone who came out for the Parking Lot Party and celebrate the people that make Food Share possible.
“It’s really important the work the community is able to do in helping their neighbors in need is recognized,” says Day.
Attendees of the event were treated to live music and free food provided by Sodexo.
Food Share staff say summer can be some of the leanest months for donations and any support is greatly appreciated.
Helena Food Share provides emergency food to 1,500 families each month which equates to around 6,000pounds of food to local families every day.
For more information about the programs Helena Food Share offers and how to get involved, click here. https://helenafoodshare.org/