Food Smarts
Food Smarts

Food Smarts

Food Smarts 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

Food Smarts (preview) is a flexible, learner-centered cooking and nutrition curriculum with materials and lesson plans appropriate for K-12 youth and adults (including older adults). The curriculum was revamped in 2022 to align with trauma-informed principles and the most recent Dietary Guidelines.

  • The Adult and Kids Instructor Guides offer lesson plans with different class/series lengths that can be customized for your situation.
  • Adult Workbooks are in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, and Korean. Kids Workbooks are in English.
  • Included in the USDA SNAP-Ed Toolkit.
  • Facilitator training is required.
  • Evaluation tools are available but not required to be used. (Food Smarts Kids was tested with 4th and 5th graders.)

Coming soon! 

  • We are developing new lesson plans, instructor materials, and participant handouts to better respond to participants with physical and cognitive disabilities, veterans, and tribal populations.
  • We are developing a “Master Train the Trainer” program for our experienced facilitators who would like to train others in their agency or community to deliver Food Smarts.


Training Description

Become a Food Smarts Curriculum facilitator and deliver healthy, nutritional cooking lessons and nutrition messaging aligned with trauma-informed principles to your community.

After successfully completing Food Smarts, you will be able to:

  • Facilitate Food Smarts workshops in your community with youth and adult participants
  • Incorporate a trauma-informed perspective into nutrition education and workshop facilitation
  • Utilize the Food Smarts lesson plans and curriculum materials to tailor your workshops to your community
  • Note: Food Smarts Waste Reduction, materials are not covered in this training
Training Details for Food Smarts

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


For agency staff, volunteers, and community leaders.

Training Format

Self-paced + 2 live Zoom sessions (see Training Calendar)

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. 

Food Smarts workshops in California

If you would like Leah’s Pantry educators to facilitate Food Smarts 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