The Charleston Public Library will be having a canned foods class on Jan. 19 called “Making the most out of your canned goods”.


“The weather is getting colder and I thought that it would be a good time for this class since there is not a lot of fresh produce,” said Misty Hawkins Branch Manager of the Charleston Library. “There is a lot that you can do with canned goods and it goes along with our SNAP education programs that we are having so that we can encourage people to use their SNAP money wisely for better nutrition and get the most out of their money and better feed their family.”


SNAP or, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits.


The canned food class at the library will be the first in a continuing series that will be held once a month.


Hawkins stated that in future classes they will hold cooking demonstrations on how to prepare affordable meals and when the farmer’s market returns to Charleston how to use fresh produce. The library is equipped with a full kitchen where they have held canning classes in the past.


There is no signup or registration required. Just show up on the day of the class to attend. All classes are open to the public.


The library will also be holding classes on how to organize and use a planner later this year. The “Planner Party” is scheduled for Jan. 30. You will need to bring your own planner.