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. Scroll down to see our schedule of upcoming and past trainings.

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

Food Smarts Training Program (FSTP)

FSTP trains staff, volunteers and community leaders to use the Food Smarts Curriculum for nutrition and cooking classes.  This program is approved for use in California SNAP-Ed.  Our focus is to build participant confidence in three areas:

  • 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)

FSFP trains food bank staff, food pantry staff and volunteers, and agencies providing nutrition education at food pantry sites.  The focus of this training is to:

  • 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

Upcoming Trainings

October 19, 2017: FSTP with the Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

October 23, 2017: FSFP at the Merced County 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 8:45am until 4:45pm and Tuesday, December 12th from 8:45a until 12:00p. Cost is $150 per person. Register now.  Please contact Danielle if you have any questions about the training.

March 18, 2018:  FSFP at LA Kitchen, registration coming soon.

Completed 2017 Trainings

  • 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)