Training and Capacity Building for Agencies

Leah's Pantry works with agencies to catalyze healthy food choices among low-income individuals and families. Using our Food Smarts curricula, Eatfresh.org online tools, and over a decade of experience, we get staff excited and prepared to work more effectively with clients. Email Danielle for more information about scheduling, pricing and customization. While we can customize trainings, our two primary programs include:

Food Smarts Training Program (FSTP)

For agency staff, volunteers and community leaders.  Learn to use the Food Smarts Curriculum for nutrition and cooking classes.  Approved for use in California SNAP-Ed.  Training focus is to build participant confidence in:

  • client engagement - we teach learner-centered facilitation with practical, skill-based activities
  • clear and respectful communication - simple, well-tested messages with an understanding of client barriers
  • culinary literacy - food safety, knife skills, simple delicious recipes

Food Smarts for Food Pantries (FSFP)

For food bank staff, food pantry staff and volunteers, and agencies providing nutrition education at food pantry sites.  Training focus:

  • create a dignified, trauma-informed environment at hunger relief sites
  • strategically include nutrition and cooking in a way that is effective and relevant
  • ensure staff and volunteers are sharing consistent, well-tested messages with clients
  • learn to use tools and frameworks to conduct PSE interventions in hunger relief settings

    Upcoming Trainings

    Stay tuned!

    The Leah’s Pantry FSTP was an amazing training to take part in! The materials were completely practical and relevant to the populations I serve. I love the concept of ‘start where you are; use what you have, and do the best you can with that!’ This really empowers our populations and makes it easier to make changes!
    — Curley Palmer, San Diego HHSA

    Completed 2018 Trainings

    • FSTP in Humboldt County (April)

    • FSFP with the Westside Food Bank + Partners (March)

    Completed 2017 Trainings

    • FSTP in San Francisco at the SF-Marin Food Bank

    • FSFP with the Merced County Food Bank (October)

    • FSFP with the Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County (October)

    • FSTP for Community Health Center Network (October)

    • FSTP for Los Angeles County DPH Champions for Change Grantees, hosted by API Forward Movement (September)

    • FSTP for San Diego Red Cross WIC (September)

    • FSTP for Tuolumne County Public Health Department(August)

    • FSTP for Hospitality House staff (July)

    • FSTP at SF-Marin Food Bank (May)

    Completed 2016 Trainings

    • Food Smarts for Food Pantries at Copley-Price Family YMCA (November)

    • FSTP at SF-Marin Food Bank (November)

    • FSTP at Sacramento Food Bank (October)

    • FSTP at Kern County Public Health Services (September)

    • FSTP for Contra Costa Health Services

    • FSTP for Catholic Charities of California (webinar, February)