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Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Toolkit

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Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence. Western Region at Colorado State University.

Assessment tool for the food pantry environment. It provides a numeric score on a scale of 0-100. The higher the number, the more healthy the pantry. Most pantries score between 35 and 65 at the start of the process. In addition, a recorded training presentation, instruction manual, and matched resource guide of best practice strategies will be available. This toolkit can help pantries and their SNAP-Ed and EFNEP partners identify action areas for PSE interventions, and the tool can be used pre/post to assess change.

Funding Source
USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.
Free Material
  • Pilot Tested
Evaluation Information

The Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Project was designed in three phases. Phase one included in-depth semi-structured qualitative interviews with food pantry managers and EFNEP/SNAP-Ed managers to determine current practices of “healthy food pantries” within the food assistance system of the NIFA Western Region. Phase two tested a draft pilot assessment tool in five state and included site visits to food pantry sites by a trained researcher who completed on-site cognitive interviews of the assessment tool content. Phase three was a field test of the food pantry environment with the assessment tool. Field testing for validity and reliability was completed in seven states: California, Delaware, Maryland, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Washington. Conference Presentations Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Expo and Conference, Chicago, IL October 24, 2017.

Evaluation Framework Indicators