One of the things of which we are most proud at Leah’s Pantry is our ability to work well with others. Here are some examples of high-impact, collaborative partnerships we have developed over the years.
Leah's Pantry, Video in the Community, and International Rescue Committee San Diego
One of our most interesting projects in 2012-3 is Cooking It Up!, a collaborative video & cooking project funded by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Video in the Community, led by Cal State San Marcos Professor & artist Kristine Diekman, teaches youth to create videos that have an impact on their community. The end result of this project will be four "cooking show" webisodes featuring recipes suggested and modified by students from Crawford High School. These students will also be learning video production - so they will both shoot the video and star in the show. Leah's Pantry is facilitating the nutrition education, recipe development, and supporting the logistics around the cooking show. We look forward to seeing the final product next summer! Check out the latest developments at http://www.facebook.com/cookingitupshow.
Leah’s Pantry and BRIDGE Housing Corp.
As the largest affordable housing provider in California, BRIDGE has a lot of properties that house all sorts of different people. When we met BRIDGE in 2007, we had a skeleton curriculum and worked only with homeless populations. They asked if we would be willing to work in multiple languages and different ages throughout California. We said yes, and to date, we have run workshops at over 30 BRIDGE sites, many more than once. We are so grateful they pushed us to expand our curriculum and gave us the opportunity to make it work with so many different people.
Leah’s Pantry and the San Francisco Food Bank
We began this partnership while running programming at Valencia Gardens, a housing site in San Francisco that hosts a bustling weekly Food Pantry. We reached out to SFFB to get advance notice of the foods VG would be receiving at their Pantry and soon started a friendship that has grown stronger every year. SFFB identifies sites that are eager for our Food Smarts Workshops, and we deliver the programming. They hosted the first Food Smarts Training Program in April 2011 and continue to host 2-3 per year. In 2012, we were awarded a large SNAP-Ed grant from the USDA to run a whole slate of collaborative programming for 19 months. We work seamlessly with their nutrition programming department, offering complementary programming and coordinating outreach as a team.