Food Smarts Training Program 

FSTP begins with a 1.5 day program for people who intend to teach cooking and nutrition workshops to low-income Californians.  Most FSTP participants are staff or volunteers for agencies serving the community.  Our curriculum is USDA/FNS approved and available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.  Over 200 FSTP graduates have taught Food Smarts Workshops in 15 California counties. Leah's Pantry staff provides technical assistance, site visits, and materials support to all graduates.  For graduates working in San Diego or San Francisco, Leah's Pantry staff will even teach your first workshop series with you.

The program includes sessions on workshop facilitation, nutrition, the Food Smarts Curriculum, cooking demos and other topics.  Special guests keep us moving with tai chi or yoga.  Leah's Pantry will also customize this training for clients upon request.  Email Adrienne for more information about cost and options.

 Food Smarts for Organizations

This program begins with a one day capacity building workshop for direct service providers who work with low-income communities.  Participants consider how their work fits into the larger context of food insecurity, trauma, and diet-related disease.  Using the trans-theoretical model (Stages of Change), participants identify their strengths, opportunities and needs of their organizations in the area of chronic disease prevention.  After exposure to a wide variety of intervention options, organizations develop a specific plan for adequately addressing the need for chronic disease prevention for their clients and staff.  Based on their plan, participating organizations determine additional training needs.

Upcoming Trainings

October 19th, 2017: FSTP with the Santa Cruz Food Bank

December 11-12th, 2017:  FSTP for Bay Area agencies at the SF-Marin Food Bank in San Francisco. The training will be on Monday, December 11th from 8:45a until 4:45p and Tuesday, December 12th from 8:45a until 12:00p. Cost is $150 per person. Register now. Please contact if you have any questions about the training.

Past Trainings

In Person

  • September 14-15th, 2017
    FSTP with API Forward in Los Angeles

  • August 1st, 2017
    FSTP for Tuolumne County Public Health Department and its partners

  • July 18th, 2017
    FSTP for Hospitality House staff

  • May 3-4, 2017
    FSTP at San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

  • November 17, 2016
    Food Smarts for Organizations at Copley-Price Family YMCA (San Diego)

  • November 3-4, 2016
    FSTP at San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

  • October 20-21, 2016
    FSTP at Sacramento Food Bank

  • September 13-14, 2016
    FSTP at Kern County Public Health Services
    For Kern County and Madera County educators only

  • November 4-5, 2015
    FSTP at San Francisco-Marin Food Bank 

  • May 21-22, 2015
    FSTP San Francisco
  • May 12, 2015
    FSTP City Heights/San Diego


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