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Food Smarts Adults

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

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. Food Smarts encourages participants to create tasty, affordable and healthy food at home. Food Smarts topics include:

  • Behavioral nutrition-focused goal setting
  • Dietary choices
  • Preparing food on a budget
  • Culinary literacy
  • Chronic disease prevention strategies

Participants learn new recipes and gain confidence in applying healthy behavioral change in their everyday lives. To learn more about the curriculum, visit the Food Smarts website.

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

young adults preparing food samples
VADIS participants dish out chili samples they made from

four adults serving food over a kitchen counter
Food Smarts participants at Mercy Housing serve up cauliflower tacos to their resident colleagues

white middle-aged woman with glasses holding a nutrition fact label flyer
Meghan, SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator, informs audience about the benefits of label reading


SNAP-Ed is funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 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 Manager, at or (253) 798-7154 at least two weeks prior to the event.