BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust awarded the Chattanooga Public Library $5,000 to support their food literacy program. This contribution will be used to provide cooking lessons to tweens and teens through the Library’s Flavor Lab.
“This has been a difficult and unique time for organizations to thrive,” said Carmen Davis, the Trust’s Program Management coordinator. “We are grateful that we are still in a position to support the Library’s mission to provide youth with food literacy skills.”
The Library launched its Flavor Lab in 2017, with a fully contained mobile kitchen from the Charlie Cart Project. The Flavor Lab program is one of the most popular ones offered to children ages 10-17. Over the years, the Library’s staff have taught area youth how to create everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to sushi.
“Chattanooga Public Library is so fortunate to partner with BCBST Community Trust,” said Michael Watson, Library Development director. “Food literacy is so important to help maintain healthy lifestyles. This funding will ensure the program's continuation.”
The Chattanooga Public Library is currently open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., offering digital programs at chattlibrary.tv, summer learning at mprl.chattlibrary.org, and in-person pop-up events. Expanded hours and additional in-person programs will be coming soon. For announcements and more information, visit chattlibrary.org.