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New Mobile Kitchen Teaches Kids the Value of Food

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - The Bon Secours Richmond Health System unveiled its Class-A-Roll, a mobile kitchen and learning center.

It will be going across the city, taking valuable and practical information about cooking and nutrition to areas underserved by grocery stores.

"There's still 300,000 food insecure Virginia children and to us is just not a place that the Commonwealth should be," says First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.

The Class-A-Roll's getting rave reviews.

"It's amazing," says St. Andrew's 5th grader Arielle Ivy-Jones. "There are so many things I haven't seen before. I never thought that this all could be mobile."

The 20-foot-long trailer is designed for the same kind of high-end presentations you see on cooking shows. For communities just getting access to better grocery stores and produce, it solves a very real problem.  

"So what do we do with that cute little kumquat or cute little eggplant once I have that easily accessible in my community?" asks Cynthia Newbille, Richmond City Council 7th District.

The lesson isn't lost on the kids.

"You should always keep your body safe and protected with healthy eating and exercise," says St. Andrew's 5th grader Marlon Puckett.

One of Bon Secour's goals is reducing obesity in the area by 10 percent. The Class-A-Roll starts going out this week with three stops: Woodville Elementary, St. Catherine's and Lynwood Holton.  It will also serve area community centers and churches.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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