Summer Food 4 Kids is now underway in Columbia, and children at the Central Pantry site are getting more than a free lunch.
On Tuesday, children had the opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables at the Farm to Table Fun station, an activity booth designed to teach participants how food is grown.
“I’ve never had one this way before,” said one boy who had never eaten a raw carrot before.
One set of 5-year-old twins tried kiwi for the first time, as well.
Tomatoes, honeydew, grapes, strawberries and blueberries were also on the table for sampling.
The Farm to Table Fun station will be open every weekday during Summer Food 4 Kids, which runs through Aug. 12.
Activities will include making produce-themed recipes, reading books about agriculture and planting seeds. On Wednesday, rain moved the activities inside Central Pantry, where children made fruit-topping pizza. Other Farm to Table Fun activities will include coloring, reading and planting seeds.