July 2015 Newsletter

Leah's Pantry July Newsletter
Leah's Pantry July Newsletter
Leah's Pantry

We've had an exciting and busy start to our summer. Read on to see what we've been up to!

Spring FSTP

In May we hosted our twice yearly Food Smarts Training Program (FSTP). Agencies in attendance offer programs and services that enhance the lives of the disadvantaged throughout the Bay Area. Many staff from within the communities they serve! We find pairing with these agencies allows our progams to have a broader reach and a more meaningful impact.

During the two-day event, participants acquainted themselves with our Food Smarts curriculum and discussed how they'll provide their own nutrition education programming within the communities they're committed to serving.

Summer Projects  

We are pleased to announce that Leah's Pantry has received additional funding from the USDA/CDSS for our work with the Calfresh population. This funding will be used to complete several exciting projects, including formal evaluations of an 8-week text-based nutrition education program and a group of five online education modules we developed this spring. We have partnered with University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources for this evaluation. We'll also be creating several short videos showing how people use Eatfresh.org to shop for and cook healthy meals at home. A project with Public Health Institute (PHI) will result in an Eatfresh.org toolkit for youth-led projects, online education modules specific to youth populations, and a partner capacity building training around youth-led initiatives. We are also working with East African and Iraqi refugee populations on community recipe development. This delicious project may turn into a fun event this fall - stay tuned!

Leah's Pantry Welcomes New Board Members

Leah's Pantry's Board of Directors welcomed two new members this month - Julie Todaro and Radha Blackman. Both have terrific backgrounds in the nonprofit and corporate world and a passion for our mission. We are grateful for their time and dedication!

Childhood Obesity Conference in San Diego

Leah’s Pantry presented a poster at the Childhood Obesity Conference last week in San Diego! Our poster, Eatfresh.org: Effective Online Tools for Obesity Prevention summarized both our Aetna Foundation Impact Evaluation as well as the innovative online nutrition modules being developed this year. The conference was a great audience for our work as well as an inspiring convening of the sharpest and most dedicated minds in public health obesity prevention. From Chelsea Clinton’s keynote to Harvard School of Public Health’s excellent analysis of the soda excise tax (see www.choicesproject.org) we felt inspired with every session.

Board Member Spotlight: Katie Stratton

We're pleased to introduce Katie Stratton, who shares how her passion for community, education, sustainability and technology led to joining the Leah's Pantry Board of Directors.

Read Katie's interview on the Leah's Pantry blog »


Receiving GuideStar Exchange Gold Level 

Leah’s Pantry received the GuideStar Exchange Gold level logo, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information.The logo demonstrates our deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability. 

In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange logo, Leah’s Pantry had to fill out every required field of our nonprofit report on www.guidestar.org for the Gold level of participation.

We hope you will check us out and tell us what you think!

In health,
The Leah's Pantry Team

Partner Highlight

Kelcey Ellis, Programs Manager for Feeding America San Diego, shares how their partnership with the Jacobs and Cushman San Deigo Food Bank is impacting City Heights residents facing food insecurity. Leah's Pantry provides nutriton eduction training to support the work of these food banks and their partners.

Visit the Leah's Pantry blog to read about our partnership»

EatFresh Highlight

The newly redesigned San Francisco CalFresh office lobby now features two EatFresh.org banners to promote the website to visitors and CalFresh recipients.

Visit the Leah's Pantry blog to see photos»
Are you inspired by our innovative strategies for improving diet and health? Do you want to get involved? Email us to see how you might support our work, or click here to make a donation! In 2014, 90% of our budget went directly to programs!