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Food Smarts Youth

Program Contact: Linda Mathews, SNAP-Ed Program Manager
(253) 798-7154 •

Grades 6-8

Food Smarts is a flexible, leaner-centered nutrition and cooking curriculum developed by Leah’s Pantry, a California-based nonprofit agency. The curriculum is designed for facilitated conversation and covers a range of core nutrition principles. Youth have a chance to learn new recipes and gain confidence in applying healthy behavioral change in their everyday lives.Food Smarts Youth topics include:

  • Setting nutrition-centered goals
  • Understanding MyPlate
  • Comparing whole foods and processed foods
  • Practicing culinary literacy
  • Participating in physical activity


Asian and black teen stand next to each other as they cut a tomato and deseed an avocado

cartoon image of a soup bowl with two handles filled with soup and a ladle sticking out of soup

middle school youth in green and black clothing raises hand as adult educator stands in front of youth

SNAP-Ed is funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. SNAP provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, 1-877-501-2233.

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Linda Mathews SNAP-Ed Coordinator, at or (253) 798-7154 at least two weeks prior to the event