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Healthy Pantry Toolkit

Currently, Oklahoma is ranked second to last in the nation for access to healthy foods. This means
our citizens have a harder time than most accessing healthy foods or fuel choices where they live
or work. Currently adults spend 54 percent of their waking hours in the workplace. Therefore,
to create positive change in the workplace, it is important to help provide better food choices.
Why? Because what our employees eat directly impacts their engagement, their behaviors and their
outlooks. Providing better food choices will help our employees make better work decisions, engage
in higher-level thinking and maintain high energy that is sustainable throughout the day. This will
allow state employees to function at their full potential not only at work but in their daily lives.
Providing healthier food choices also helps cultivate social norms that foster other healthier choices
and behavior. A 2010 study showed that improving the types of foods and beverages served in the
workplace positively affected employees’ eating behaviors. The research is clear that eating nutritious
foods and eating enough to meet energy needs can reduce disease and promote well-being.
State agencies can join the movement for employee well-being by investing in and promoting
Healthy Pantries. Agencies can provide employees with fruits, vegetables and other healthy options
directly in our places of work, making it easier to choose nutritious foods.
Healthy Pantry
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A Healthy Pantry is a snack or meal food vending option run entirely by state employees. The purpose is to
provide access to healthier food choices as defined by the General Services Administration guidelines. The
Healthy Pantry will be accessible to all employees and visitors and shall be advertised as such.
A Healthy Pantry should be housed within a common area and reachable by anyone, i.e., a break or lunch
room, where employees can purchase Healthy Pantry items. Items supplied by your agency would be shelfstable
and/or require refrigeration. Note that agencies will have full control of quantity, variety and types of
food items housed within their Healthy Pantry based on employees’ tastes and wants. However, guidelines as
to what qualifies as Healthy Pantry food items are set and outlined below.
Healthy Pantry food items can fall under these categories:
1. Sweet: Shelf-stable, does not need refrigeration.
2. Salty: Shelf-stable, does not need refrigeration.
3. Fresh: Not shelf-stable, needs refrigeration.
4. Frozen: Not shelf-stable, needs refrigeration.
5. Beverage: Both shelf-stable and not shelf-stable, refrigeration may or may not be needed.
The food items in the Healthy Pantry will fall into one of these top four categories and can range between
snack and/or meal items. Guidelines for both appear below. Healthy beverage items, with their own
guidelines, are also listed. The full outline of GSA guidelines can be found here.
For vending/snack options, these guidelines are as follows:
uu Calories: For snack items, at least 25 percent of items are limited to 200 calories or less.
ww This EXCLUDES nuts and seeds without added fats, oils or caloric sweeteners.
uu Saturated Fat: For snack items, at least 25 percent of items are limited to 10 percent of total
calories from saturated fat.
uu Trans Fat: Only offer items that contain zero grams trans fat per serving as defined by FDA.
uu Sodium: Only offer snack items that contain less than or equal to 230mg sodium per serving
(excludes refrigerated meals).
uu Sugars: At least 25 percent of items are limited to 35 percent of weight from sugars.
ww This EXCLUDES fruits or vegetables with no added caloric sweeteners.
ww The serving weight of the item can be found in grams at the top of the nutrition facts
panel. The sugars can be found in grams under the Total Carbohydrate category. To
calculate the percentage of weight that comes from sugar, divide the sugar total by the
total weight in grams and multiply by 100. Anything under 35 percent meets the standard.
ww Example: Sugars = 4 grams, Total weight = 42 grams
4/42 = 0.095 x 100 = 9.5 percent
For meal options, the guidelines are as follows:
uu Calories: No more than 700 calories.
uu Saturated Fat: No more than five grams saturated fat per serving.
uu Trans Fat: No more than 0.5 grams trans fat per serving.
ww No products containing partially hydrogenated oils.
uu Cholesterol: No more than 105 milligrams per serving.
uu Fruits and Vegetables: At least two servings (1-1.5 cups) of vegetables and/or fruits.
For beverage options, the guidelines are as follows:
uu Calories: At least 50 percent of available beverage choices (other than 100 percent juice and
unsweetened milk) must contain less than or equal to 40 calories per serving.
uu Juice: If juice is offered, only offer 100 percent juice with no added sugar and/or caloric
ww Vegetable juices must contain less than or equal to 230 milligrams per serving.
uu Water: Drinking water, preferably chilled tap, must be offered at no charge at all meal service
Lists of acceptable snacks, meals and beverages are listed at the end of this document. Note that the lists are
samples and do not include all items possible to offer at various state agencies and note that items vary by
Pricing and Purchasing:
Each Healthy Pantry will take an initial start-up fund of about $50-$100; the exact cost will vary by agency
size and employee participation. For funding costs, Thrive suggests having an employee fund drive to see if
employees are willing to donate money to help front the initial start-up costs. These costs can be paid back
upon implementation. If a member of the staff is willing to donate the start-up funds, that will be acceptable
as well.
For pricing, Thrive suggests determining the price per item and increasing by about 30-35 percent. To do
that, follow these steps:
1. Find the price per item. Locate the purchase price of the food item in question and divide by
the number of servings. For example, Smucker’s Uncrustables are $10.88/package. There are 18
per package. Therefore, 10.88/18= $0.61 price per item serving.
2. Multiply price per item by 1.30 or 1.35. With the above example,
- $0.61 x 1.30 = $0.79
- $0.61 x 1.35 = $0.82
3. Determine price. For the above example, a good price point would be roughly $0.80 per item.
*NOTE* This is just a suggestion. Each agency may price their Healthy Pantry items as needed. However, Thrive suggests
remaining competitive with other food pricing around the area.
Collecting Money:
For the Healthy Pantry, Thrive suggests utilizing the honor system OR having a designated person close to
the Healthy Pantry to keep bills and change in a cash jar or money box.
If an individual does not have the exact amount to purchase an item, Thrive suggests that the person donate
the excess funds toward the purchase of new Healthy Pantry items. If the donation would be too substantial,
it is acceptable to utilize an IOU slip with the individual’s name, agency, email address and telephone number.
At the end of this toolkit you will find an IOU template. We suggest requesting the uncollected funds at the
end of each month.
Retain at least 70 percent of total income to restock favorite Healthy Pantry items. The remaining income can
also be used to finance other well-being endeavors within the agency.
Below you will find an email template, flier information and more to help spread the word about the Healthy
Pantry in your particular agency.
Sample Email:
TO: All Staff
FROM: [Wellness Coordinator OR Senior Leader]
SUBJECT: Our Commitment to a Healthy Workplace
We value the health and well-being of each of our employees and want to provide an environment in which you can
thrive. We are committed to supporting employee well-being in our agency where healthy choices are the easiest choices.
In the coming [week/month], we’ll be making positive changes to food and beverage choices offered by creating a
Healthy Pantry.
A Healthy Pantry is an agency-run snack and/or meal food vending option that will be operated entirely by agency
employees. The purpose is to provide access to nutritious food choices as defined by the General Services Administration
guidelines. The Healthy Pantry will be accessible to all employees and visitors.
With the help of our friends from Thrive, we have accumulated lists of several food and beverage items that meet the
GSA recommendations and can be considered nutritious options. These items will be available in the [place area here] for
Creating the pantry will take time, cooperation and [an initial donation]. Our aim is not to take away personal liberties,
but to create a work environment that will benefit us all.
To get started, our agency needs your help. We are looking to collect donations for an initial Healthy Pantry food run.
The total amount we hope to raise is between $50-$100.
If you are able to donate to our cause at this time, hit REPLY WITH YOUR DONATION AMOUNT.
We value your support and feedback during this process. Please feel free to email [wellness coordinator] with any
additional questions or concerns.
Thanks again,
Food Items
Note: These items can be found in most local grocery stores. Be aware that items will vary by region and this is only a sample list.
For full variety, please refer to the GSA guidelines provided above.
a. Dole Diced Peaches Fruit Cup in water OR light syrup
b. Dole Mixed Fruit Fruit Cup in water OR light syrup
c. Nature Valley Granola Bars
d. Life Choice Protein Bars
e. Fiber One Streusel Bars
f. Fiber One Granola Bars
g. BelVita Breakfast Bars
h. Brothers Fruit Crisps (Baked Apple Chips)
i. Kar’s Honey Roasted Peanuts, 1.75oz individual packets
j. Kar’s Unsalted Mango Pineapple Trail Mix, 1.5oz individual packets
k. Raisins, any brand, 1oz
l. Clif Bar Luna Bars
m. Quaker Chewy Granola Bars
n. Kashi GOLEAN Cereal in a cup
o. Special K Bars
p. Austin Zoo Animal Crackers
1. The introduction of the Healthy Pantry to state agencies, both as an email template and a paper
2. Permanent fliers advertising the pantry’s location. Since the location will vary by agency, the
printable flier will be designed to fill in the blank for location.
3. Printable IOU slips.
4. Printable cost slips or stickers that can be affixed to individual food items.
a. Skinny POP Popcorn, individually wrapped
b. Cheez-It Snack Mix, 100-calorie pack
c. Cheez-It Crackers, 100-calorie pack
d. Lance Whole Grain Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches
e. Cheerios, 1 cup
f. Salted peanuts, any brand, 2oz
g. Salted cashews, any brand, 1.5oz
h. Salted almonds, any brand, 1oz
i. In-shell sunflower seeds, any brand, 3oz
j. Sunflower kernels, any brand, 1oz
k. Salted pistachios, 2.5oz
l. Baked Frito Lay Chips (i.e., Cheetos, Doritos, etc.)
m. Popchips
n. Special K Cracker Chips
o. Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals Cracker Chips/Multi-grain
p. Pirate’s Booty
q. Snyder’s of Hanover Olde Tyme Pretzels
r. Highland Beef Power Snacks Honey Peppered Beef/Turkey Stick, Single, 0.5oz
s. Rice cakes – look for whole grain and/or brown rice
t. Campbell’s Chunky Classic Chicken Noodle Soup*
u. Seeds of Change Quinoa and Brown Rice with Garlic**
v. Campbell’s Organic Tomato Basil*
w. Pace Ready Meals*
a. Any fruit – grapes, apples, bananas, etc. Use pre-packaged items, if needed
b. Any vegetable – cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, etc. Use pre-chopped items, if needed
c. Chobani Peach/Plain/Pineapple/Black Cherry/Strawberry and Banana Greek Yogurt
d. Lifeway Low-Fat Kefir Smoothies, 8oz
e. Stonyfield Farm Organic Super Smoothie, 6oz
f. DanActive Smoothies, 3.1oz
g. Dannon Light & Fit (all flavors), 6oz or less
h. String cheese sticks, Reduced Fat, 1oz
i. Land O Lakes 25% Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese Cubes, 1oz
j. Snack Pack Fat Free Chocolate/Vanilla Pudding
a. Dole Banana Dippers (Dark chocolate ONLY with and without almonds)
b. Edy’s/Dreyer’s All Natural Fruit Bars (Strawberry, Tangerine and Raspberry)
c. Dippin’ Dots YoDots (Chocolate & Vanilla, Cookie Dough, Cookies n’ Cream, Redberry
Sherbert), 3oz
d. Hershey’s Reduced Fat Vanilla Mighty Mini Ice Cream Sandwich
e. Frozen edamame
f. Frozen bagged vegetables
g. Blue Bunny Orange Dream Bar, 2.5oz
h. MorningStar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burger*
i. Healthy Choice Simply Café Steamers*
j. Pierre Grilled Chicken Sandwich*
k. Foster Farms Teriyaki Chicken Fillets**
l. Smucker’s Uncrustables Reduced Sugar Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Sandwich
m. Sandwich Brothers Flatbread Chicken Melt
n. Lilly B’s Organic Bean, Rice & Cheese Burritos*
o. TaDah Falafel Wrap*
a. Bottled water
b. Sparkling Ice
c. Vitamin Water Zero
d. Bai 5 Bubbles Variety Pack
e. Propel Zero
f. Diet sodas
g. V8 Low Sodium Vegetable Juice
h. 100 percent fruit/vegetable juices
i. Lipton Diet Green Tea
j. Sparkling ice tea
k. Plain coffee (no added sugars/sweeteners)
* Indicates a MEAL item, not a snack item.
** Indicates food is considered PART of a meal item, not a full meal.
The use of brand/food label names within this document is for user information and follows the GSA specific guidelines This is not an
extensive list; these products are only used as examples of those that qualify. The use of these materials does not imply endorsement
of any product by OMES or the Thrive Employee Well-being program.
Possible initial set-up expenses include:
• All food products you plan to have in your pantry.
• A money box to keep in your pantry.
• Display, such as clear containers for packaged food in refrigerator and cabinets.
• Gloves for handling food.
• Snack size baggies for dividing food like grapes or berries.
Initial Setup Expenses
Product $
Money Box $
Display Costs (your discretion) $
Gloves $
Snack Size Baggies $
BEGINNING CHANGE FOR BOX (Use money left over from expenses.) $
Bi-weekly Pantry Inventory
Month Month Month
PRODUCT COUNT Date Date Date Date Date Date Date Date Date
Inventory Expenditures
PRODUCT Price Purchase Date Price Purchase Date Price Purchase Date
• Keep track of all the products you have every two weeks to plan for when you need to restock the
pantry items.
• Remember, some months have five weeks.
• Keep track of your expenses when you restock food items.
• Keep track of what products you had to throw out due to spoilage/expiration date.