Read Eat Grow: Clemson Extension and MCLS partnership

Clemson Extension and the Marion County Library System (MCLS) recently partnered to bring an awesome health literacy opportunity to Marion County– a grant for a Kitchen in a Box.

A Kitchen in a Box is a kit containing common kitchen tools and appliances needed for programming. With this resource, health literacy classes and programming are not dependent on an on-site kitchen. With the kit, programming can take place anywhere with an outlet. Some of the kits contents include the following:

Kitchen in a Box Supplies
  • 1 Ninja Blender
  • 1 Electric Griddle
  • 1 8 QT Pot (Large Pot)
  • 1 Induction Cooktop w/ 1 stainless steel pot
  • 6 stainless steel mixing bowls of various sizes
  • 7 Salad Knives
  • 3 Large Measuring Cups
  • 12 Cutting mats
  • 12 Dinner Knives
  • 24 Dinner Forks
  • 24 Dinner Spoons
  • 2 Graters
  • 9 Kitchen Utensils (Including scissors, tongs, whisk, various spatulas)
  • 1 Large Kitchen Knife
  • 2 Citrus Reamers
  • 12 Small Mixing cups
  • 3 Peelers
  • 4 Spear point knives (Peeling knifes)
  • 2 collapsible colanders
  • 1 can opener

Over the next six months, MCLS and Clemson Extension will be using the new resource in a series of health literacy programs after which the library system will be making the resource available to our community partners for use! So, what health literacy program will be available in October?

Choose Health: Food, Fun, & Fitness (CHFFF) a virtual, hands-on interactive class that teaches the importance of healthy eating and active play! This class is available to all 8-12 year old’s in Marion County.

Registration is open until November 2nd. Click here to register: CHFFF Event Registration

This class is made possible by Wanda Vandroff, Marion County Nutrition Educator, with Clemson Extension. Ms. Vandroff was instrumental in bringing this grant to Marion County and will be working closely with the library system to implement it over the next several months. For any questions regarding the CHFFF class or any other exciting opportunities offered by Clemson Extension, email her at!


The Kitchen in a Box project has been funded in whole or 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 author and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Nation Institutes of Health.