Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Toolkit

Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Toolkit

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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.


Alexandra Bush-Kaufman, Karen Barale, Marie Walsh, Catalina Aragon


Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center of Excellence - West

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Evidence base / Evaluation
Pilot Tested
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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
Bush-Kaufman, A., Walsh, M., Aragón, M.A., Barale, K. “Adaptation of content validity index methodology to review a resource guide for food pantries.” Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2017; Supplement 2, 117 (10): A-146.
Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference, Washington D.C. July 21, 2017
Barale, K., Bush-Kaufman., A., Walsh, M. “Initial development of a scores food pantry environmental assessment e-scan.” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2017; 49 (7S1): S46-S47.

Evaluation Tools
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SNAP-Ed Staff
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SNAP-Ed Intervention Channels
Food Pantries
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