Around the Table
Around the Table

Around the Table

Around the Table is part of the USDA’s national SNAP-Ed Toolkit — a one-stop shop for organizations committed to improve nutritional health in their communities.

Program Overview

Around the Table and Around the Table: Nourishing Families (preview) are designed to build food, nutrition, and cooking literacy, while integrating social emotional learning and using trauma-sensitive facilitation. Participants enjoy hands-on cooking, facilitated conversations, and interactive activities that support healthy connections to food, self, and community.

  • Around the Table is a six-week youth and young adult curriculum designed for groups of 7-15 youth, aged 14-21.
  • Around the Table: Nourishing Families is a six-week adult curriculum designed for groups of 10-14 adults raising children.
  • Two facilitators are recommended.
  • A kitchen or community space with room for hands-on food preparation is required.
  • Approved for use in California’s CalFresh Healthy Living Program (SNAP-Ed).

These programs prioritize:

  • Relationship building
  • Joyful experiences
  • Safety and trust
  • Empowerment and self care

Participants learn to:

  • Cook and eat together
  • Share memories and stories about food
  • Explore their personal relationship to food
  • Improve cooking and food resource management skills
  • Learn about nutrition for good physical and mental health
  • Explore healthy coping and self nourishment skills
  • Plan their own menu
  • Practice mindful eating, grounding, and gratitude

Coming Soon!

  • Around the Table for Dads 
  • Around the Table for ECE
  • Around the Table Master Train the Trainer

Training Description

Become an Around the Table facilitator and bring cooking and nutrition programming to youth and caregivers in your community through a trauma-informed approach. 

After successfully completing Around the Table, you will:

  • Be able to create safe spaces for people to engage in personal and group reflection.
  • Understand the impact positive and negative experiences make on nourishment.
  • Feel comfortable using trauma-informed strategies when working with youth.
  • Gain access to the Around the Table Implementer network.
Training Details for Around the Table

This course is free for CFHL- funded agencies. What does this mean?


Educators working with young adults and/or adult caregivers. Please note, if an agency has multiple participants, each participant must register separately to gain access to our online training system.

Training Format

Self-Paced + Virtual

Please Note:

If an agency has multiple participants, each participant must register separately to gain access to our online training system.

Training Customizations

Leah’s Pantry offers a variety of customizable training options. Contact us to learn more. 


“This was an excellent training. I am thrilled that nearly our whole organization attended ...The training provided words to many of the things I've felt for a long time. Thank you! Excellent job, all around!”
Around the Table Training Participant
“Overall I thought the training was great! It definitely made me rethink the way I facilitate classes and how I can improve in making them a welcoming and safe space for everyone.”
Around the Table Training Participant
“This training was wonderful. It was insightful and engaging - every...part of this training had a purpose - nothing was there just to fill time or space. The facilitators were authentic and honest when facilitating and when sharing their own experience... I am so excited to put this training into practice...! THANK YOU!!”
Around the Table Training Participant
Great combination of information and practice/implementing. I felt like I learned so much about my own ways of regulating and dealing with stress. I liked the balance of independent learning and group training format.
Around the Table Training Participant

Around the Table workshops in California

If you would like Leah’s Pantry educators to facilitate Around the Table workshops in your community, fill out the interest form below. We will get back to you within in 3 business days with pricing and availability.
Community Workshop Interest Form