The Nutrition Pantry Program
The Nutrition Pantry Program

The Nutrition Pantry Program

The Nutrition Pantry Program 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

The Nutrition Pantry Program (NPP) is a healthy pantry program that addresses the policy, systems, and environment (PSE) of a food distribution with a trauma-informed approach. Through our NPP for Implementers Training, Leah’s Pantry trains community partners on how to run and implement the Nutrition Pantry Program at food distributions in their local community. During training, implementers learn best practices for supporting client and community-centered food distributions, gain access to a library of resources, and join a national network of trained implementers.  

7 Focus Areas of NPP

  • Client Feedback 
  • Community Connections 
  • Nutrition Education 
  • Environment 
  • Inventory and Waste Reduction
  • Cultural and Dietary Accommodations 
  • Policies and Procedures

Once trained, NPP implementers support local pantries by providing technical assistance and resources. Ultimately, participation in the program increases pantry capacity and supports client-centered food distributions. Pantries who participate in NPP are also able to obtain a bronze, silver, or gold level of certification.

Pantries interested in a capacity building training provided by Leah’s Pantry staff should check out our Building Nourishing Pantries training.

Download the 2023 NPP One Pager 


Training Description

Become a trained NPP implementer and learn how to create client and community-centered food distributions. After successfully completing our NPP for Implementers training, you will:

  • Understand how to apply a trauma-informed approach to a food distribution.
  • Learn practices for supporting pantries with technical assistance, training, and resources in different focus areas.
  • Get the opportunity to certify your site at a bronze, silver, or gold level certification.
Training Details for The Nutrition Pantry Program

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


SNAP-Ed implementers, food bank and pantry staff, University Extension professionals, and other individuals and organizations looking for an organized policy, systems and environment (PSE) intervention to adapt to their sites.

For food pantry staff looking for capacity-building training opportunities, check out our Building Nourishing Pantries training.

Training Format


Next Available Course Date
11/03, 11/17, 12/01 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PST
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. 


“Thank you for the fabulous training and sharing your broad wealth of amazing resources!”
Washington SNAP-Ed NPP training participant
“Thank you for this training. I'm excited about Leah's Pantry and feel it will help our pantries become stronger not just nutritionally but as a welcoming resource.”
Good Shepherd Food Bank NPP training participant
“I would say, if anything, I learned that I feel passionate about food and nutrition and I care a lot about other people understanding and learning more.”
New Hampshire Food Bank NPP training participant
"I am in the process of starting a pantry at a middle/High School in my community. This training came at a perfect time. I am hoping to use these resources with the school."
Indiana Department of Health NPP training participant

Congratulations to our Gold, Silver, and Bronze Certified Pantries


Antelope Valley Partners for Health

St Francis Center

Serra’s Pantry

Eastmont Community Center

Hub of Hope – Fullerton

Mount SAC – Mountie Fresh Pantry (Shop)

MiraCosta College Pantry

Catholic Charities Riverside and San Bernardino, Center of Hope

Catholic Charities El Centro FRC

Bethlehem Food Pantry

Triton Food Pantry (UCSD)

Palomar College (Anita &Stan Maag Food and Nutrition Center)


Fallbrook Community Food Pantry

Community Through Hope

Magnolia Project

Operation Promise

TREND Pantry

Lindsey House



Centro Cristiana Manatial de Vida

St. Anselm’s Episcopal Church

Encanto Elementary

El Lirio’s Pantry


East Side Union School District