In today’s world health foods seem to be found everywhere, so why shop at a local health food store? There are many reasons to make The Natural Food Pantry an integral part of how you feed yourself and your family. Here we blog on a few...
Meet the Owner
Natural Food Pantry owner, Rick Payant is focused on bringing a positive experience to the NFP customers through a wide array of top quality health products, experienced staff and educational opportunities. As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Rick has a genuine passion for health and nutrition.
The NFP business was established in 1981 by Rick’s uncle Roger and to this day Rick strives to maintain a family-like environment within the NFP team with many his own family members including two sisters, his son, nephew and mother all on board! Throughout his twenty six years as NFP owner, Rick has been involved in supporting many local Ottawa businesses like the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Clinic, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, the Ottawa Senators and Ottawa 67’s. Rick’s values, integrity, passion, dedication and kindness are just some of the reasons that staff truly enjoy working at NFP. As a true testament to this, many of the team members have been with the company for over a decade!
Friendly, Approachable, Knowledgeable Staff
When you walk into any of the three (soon four with our newest location opening in Barrhaven early 2018) NFP store locations, you will be greeted by friendly, helpful staff who are willing to help you find what you are searching for. Should you be looking for nutrition and supplement guidance, NFP always has trained Holistic Nutritional Consultants on staff to help you with your health concerns whether it be digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, inflammation, insomnia, stress or other conditions. We have many RHN’s (Registered Holistic Nutritionists) from The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and CNP’s (Certified Nutritional Consultants from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition available to provide a listening ear as well as sound, professional recommendations to help you achieve your health goals. Our nutritionists are kept current through the frequent staff trainings provided by suppliers and educators. NFP is a place for anyone at any stage of their health journey. We are here to help. Don’t be shy to ask!
Unique, High-Quality, Healthy Products
NFP is a proud supporter of many local and Canadian products
Whether it’s food, supplements, home cleaning products or body care, The Natural Food Pantry managers and team members are dedicated to stocking an array of the highest quality, health promoting products on the market today. Emily Curran, RHN & Assistant Manager at NFP Westboro loves to explore new products and states: “"We take pride in stocking our shelves with items that come from companies with integrity, sustainability, and quality in their products." Regular meetings are held to review and approve all products that are brought into the store. NFP strives to support its community by carrying products from many local and Canadian businesses and growers, small and large. We also listen closely to our customers and work hard to provide what our customers are looking for. Whether you are looking for organic, GMO free, gluten free or dairy free, vegan, or paleo, we have what you need! If the store you typically shop at does not have a particular product in stock, it can often be transferred from another location or the warehouse during our regular weekly transfers. NFP is currently growing our online store which provides a convenient, accessible opportunity for local as well as distant customers to shop from home! The online store offers free shipping on orders over $75.00.
Special Event Days, Frequent Demos and Educational Events
Customers love our many exciting events days such as “Ten times your Points Day” and “Gift Card Days” when you can purchase a $100.00 gift card for $80.00. Regular demos are also held at all of our stores, giving customers a chance to taste and learn more about our amazing products. Check our calendar to see what’s coming up in the store nearest you!
Built upon the foundation of knowledge, service and community is the new 2017 NFP Educational Initiative. The goal of this new project is to deliver informative, engaging and inspiring learning opportunities such as workshops, presentations, and food demonstrations to the community. Leading this exciting endeavor is Natasha Villeneuve CNP, Holistic Nutritioinist who’s passion and mission is to bring awareness and education to the customers, the staff and society as a whole. Natasha believes that education is the key to health! The NFP Education Initiative has successfully hosted 33 presenters since January including many reputable, local practitioners such as Sarah Roberts, Kathy Smart, Rachel Caven, Cyrus Kuhzarani (PureLab vitamins) and Alain Menard (Green Beaver) as well as many of our own knowledgeable and passionate nutritionists like Natasha, Melissa Fung RHN, Andrea Bortolussi RHN and store managers Shannon, Judi and Laura who have hosted educational store tours. Attendees are loving the opportunity to learn, connect and gain inspiration and are looking forward to all that is to come! Keep your eye out this summer for live and recorded videos, blogs and recipes for our online followers. To find out what opportunities are coming up, subscribe to our newsletters, check out our events page or find us on social media.