2015 Annual Report
2015 was another year of remarkable growth and success for Leah's Pantry. This year, we worked with over 200 community organizations and public agencies and over 1,500 workshop participants to catalyze and support healthy behaviors that reduce the risk for obesity and other chronic diseases.
Our 2015 evaluation report shows that Food Smarts Workshops continue to succeed - our graduates show significant increases in behaviors tied directly to improved health, such as eating more vegetables, drinking fewer sugary beverages, and avoiding foods with added salt, sugar and fat. I am so impressed with the passion, dedication, and expertise of the staff, volunteers, and interns who bring our effective and engaging programs to vulnerable and diverse populations throughout California.
Our Eatfresh.org website continues to attract and retain tens of thousands of viewers. Almost 50,000 unique viewers found and shared a terrific recipe, asked a question to a health professional, or discovered information about how to stay healthy. Fueling recipe content on the website was the release of a new cookbook developed with five different refugee populations in San Diego.
Our commitment to strong partnerships with a wide variety of organizations continues, and allows us to to be innovative, effective, and relevant by supporting a healthy ecosystem of nutrition and cooking literacy. Our partner organizations work with their beneficiaries on a wide range of issues, and we are proud to be a trusted provider of capacity building work so nutrition and healthy lifestyle support is well-integrated these larger social services systems.
To all of our donors, volunteers, and community partners: thank you for helping us complete another successful year. In September 2016, we'll celebrate our ten year anniversary. We look forward to beginning our second decade of impactful work in our communities!
Founder & Executive Director