à la carte - Food Literacy
à la carte is a food literacy project led by the Ottawa Public Library that brings together local partners to serve up fresh programs, activities and events to raise awareness about how we are connected to the food we eat and grow.
This month's story: Food that Works
Monthly Dietitian tips from Ottawa Public Health
- January: Cooking with your kids is more than food education; it develops skills in math, science, and language. Role modeling and cooking together also builds confidence, independence and lifelong healthy lifestyle habits.
- February: Trim your grocery bill by planning meals, using vegetables and fruits in season, and cooking with meat alternatives, such as beans, more often. Other ideas to eat well on a budget.
- March: Menu planning can help you eat healthy, save money and get tasty meals to the table faster. Seven steps for quick and easy menu planning.
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Share your favourite recipe with us
The à la carte food literacy project is creating a community cookbook of original family favourites. As part of our Canada 150 Storytelling Through Food initiative we’re also looking for stories to accompany these recipes. We’d like to hear about your family favourites and the memories attached to them in a maximum of 3-4 sentences. Please be sure to submit precise measurements and include a photo in a jpeg format. 150 recipes will be chosen to be featured in the cookbook. Thanks for sharing.
Log in with your library card to submit a recipe
The OPL/BPO à la carte project is designed to introduce food literacy into library programming and position the public library as a recognized community resource and partner for accessible food related information and programming. The project involves working with partners who share a common vision in the emergent field of food literacy. Key stakeholders in our initiative include: Ottawa Public Health, MarketMobile, JustFood and the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival. The main components of the project focus on outreach and programming, as well as the development of a digital storytelling app related to food and the creation of a community garden on the grounds of one of our library branches. This webpage brings together resources and information related to the project. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.
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The project is funded by a grant from the Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund (OLCF), which is administered by the Government of Ontario.