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Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Toolkit

Supporting Healthy Food Pantry and Food Bank Environments

The Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Toolkit provides an observational survey that can be used to measure the healthfulness of the local food pantry environment. This observational survey is also called an environmental scan or “e-scan.” The Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Tool can be used to measure the food pantry environment as it compares to best practices in food assistance agencies that is supported by “nutrition food banking” efforts.

A Project of the Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center of Excellence – West (RNECE-W)

The funds supporting RNECE-W ended on August 31, 2018 and this page serves as a place to host the Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Toolkit (HFPAT).


The Toolkit

Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Tool – survey only (pdf)

Instruction Guide for Using the HFPAT (pdf)

Resource Guide to Accompany the HFPAT (pdf) – updated August 2018!

HFPAT Video Training – YouTube Link



a long grey counter with rack shelving around it and grain products
Selection of Grain Products at a Choice Model Food Pantry
refrigeration stalls with dairy milk, cottage cheese, and yogurt
A Donation Refrigeration Case is Used for Dairy Donations
cardboard boxes and whicker baskets filled with fresh fruit
Clients May Select Their Own Fruits at this Pantry

Background Research of the Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Toolkit

These tools have been research tested. Please visit the Research page for the HFPAT to learn about the formative work, piloting, and field testing of these tools.

This work was supported by the RNECE-W and took place 2016-2018.


Last Updated on: April 29, 2019

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