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Nutrition Pantry Program (NPP)

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Developer
Leah's Pantry
Year
2018
The Nutrition Pantry Program (NPP) is a PSE change intervention designed to improve the food environment and client engagement within food pantries. NPP provides training and resources to support the implementation of strategies designed to increase access and utilization of healthy food by pantry clients, engage clients, and sustain healthy practices. Implementers are encouraged to follow a four-stage process; Planning, Needs & Current Work Assessment, Implementation, and Certification & Maintenance. SNAP-Ed educators in collaboration with food pantry staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders use the NPP framework to organize and complete the intervention. Pantry Need and Readiness is assessed and supported using a validated Healthy Food Pantry Assessment, a Client Needs Assessment questionnaire, and client feedback strategies. Based on needs and input, a work plan of PSE changes is created. NPP resources are available to support a variety of PSE changes. Pantries completing the NPP process are recognized and awarded as Silver or Gold Certified Nutrition Pantries and celebrated in the community.
Funding Source
Leah's Pantry
Free Material
Yes
Cost ($)
$0.00
SNAP-Ed Toolkit Classification
Practice-tested
Evidence
  • Evaluated
Evaluation Information

Pantries who have completed the Nutrition Pantry Program and a pre/post Healthy Food Pantry Assessment (n=12) increased their HFPAT score by an average of 7 points, with the largest changes seen in the categories of food distributed to clients and in policies. The smallest changes were seen in the categories of food storage and services for clients.

Process evaluation outcomes included that participants found the resources easy to access and that NPP was a reasonable amount of work for staff and volunteers. However, only half “Agreed” that the work plan was easy to access and update, the other half neither agreed nor disagreed.

Unintended benefits include network building among pantries either by geography or setting as evidenced by invitations for pantry tours, contact information exchanges and relationships built around exchange of surplus food and exchange of resources. There has been additional network building among non-traditional partners, such as food waste reduction projects. Unintended challenges include slower than expected program completion, often tied to monthly distributions (as opposed to weekly and therefore fewer opportunities to work on implementation of PSE changes), volunteer and staff turnover also limit progress.

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SNAP-Ed Connection Comments

Once an agency is trained, digital access to intervention materials are free. Training costs vary by location. In California, training is free through SNAP-Ed or private funding. 

*SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States is a compilation of interventions. The toolkit was developed by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, The Association of SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT), and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the USDA. It is designed and updated to help state SNAP-Ed administrative and implementing agencies identify evidence-based obesity prevention programs and policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies and interventions to include in their SNAP-Ed plans.