Pantry at a Glance: Client choice distribution serving 350 participants monthly through a permanently designated area of the resource center in Encinitas, California.
Nutrition Pantry Accomplishments
Through the NPP process, CRC identified a list of steps to integrate into their program including:
Additional refrigerator for ready-to-eat items
A recipe card rack for easier access to nutrition education resources
Development and implementation of dietary one-pagers to better meet client needs
Completion of training on EatFresh.org and the EatFresh.org Mini Course
Environmental changes to support identification of healthiest items
CRC was introduced to Leah's Pantry and NPP through the San Diego Food System Alliance's new refrigeration unit mini grant. Food and Nutrition Program Manager Yanira Frias says CRC is committed to improving food and nutrition centered practices and specifically aims to add a deep layer of nutrition education alongside food distribution. NPP provided a process and support to assist in achieving these goals.
Frias says CRC would love to have more gardening space to grow produce, for which participants and volunteers would help maintain and care. CRC would also like to have access to a cooking facility/kitchen to host cooking workshops and meal preparation.