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Food Safety Training for Volunteers

Extension expert demonstrates cooking for crowds; photo by Edwin RemsbergMany organizations and community groups rely on volunteers like you for a variety of food events for fundraising, fellowship, food pantries or other service to the community. But cooking for a crowd is tricky! How do you store all that food? When is the food completely cooked? How long can you leave food on the buffet table? Now there is a workshop on Safe Food Handling designed specifically for Volunteers.

This class meets the Good Shepherd Food Bank food safety training requirements.

Cooking for Crowds 2014 Workshops 

Date: September 11, 2014
Location: UMaine Extension Kennebec County office, 125 State Street, 3rd Floor, Augusta, ME
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Cost: $15.00 per person
Register online
Contact: Diana Hartley at 207.622.7546 or 1.800.287.1481 (in Maine) or diana.hartley@maine.edu.

Date: September 16, 2014
Location: UMaine Extension Somerset County office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan, ME
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Cost: $15.00 per person
Register online
Contact: Tammy Bodge-Terry at 207.474.9622 or 1.800.287.1495 (in Maine) or tammy.bodge@maine.edu.

Date: September 18, 2014
Location: UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Cost: $15.00 per person
Register online
Contact: Lois Elwell at 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine) or extension.rlreception@maine.edu

Date: September 23, 2014
Location: UMaine Extension Kennebec County office, 125 State Street, 3rd Floor, Augusta, ME
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Cost: $15.00 per person
Register online
Contact: Diana Hartley at 207.622.7546 or 1.800.287.1481 (in Maine) or diana.hartley@maine.edu.

Date: September 30, 2014
Location: UMaine Extension Somerset County office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan, ME
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Cost: $15.00 per person
Register online
Contact: Tammy Bodge-Terry at 207.474.9622 or 1.800.287.1495 (in Maine) or tammy.bodge@maine.edu.

Date: October 1, 2014
Location: UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Cost: $15.00 per person
Register online
Contact: Lois Elwell at 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine) or extension.rlreception@maine.edu

Date: October 21, 2014
Location: UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Cost: $15.00 per person
Register online
Contact: Lois Elwell at 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine) or extension.rlreception@maine.edu

Don’t see a workshop offered in your area? Please request a workshop.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. 

Why attend?

There’s a lot to learn about safe food preparation and handling. If you don’t do it for a living, you may not be aware of all the special techniques involved in cooking for a large group of people.

It is scary to think about people getting sick from your meal, but it can happen. More than three quarters of the outbreaks are blamed on food eaten outside the home.

While food-borne illness can be as mild as stomach ache, it can be much more serious and sometimes fatal.

Unsafe food can “spoil” your group’s reputation — and its finances. Don’t take a chance. Sign up for the for the “Cooking for Crowds” workshop. Learn to protect yourself and the people you feed.

What you will learn

Learn up-to-date methods for safely preparing, handling and serving food for large group functions such as soup kitchens, church functions, food pantries and community fundraisers.

Workshops cover the following food safety guidelines:

  • Planning and Purchasing
  • Storing Food Supplies
  • Preparing Food
  • Transporting, Storing and Serving Cooked Foods
  • Handling Leftovers

Materials fee: $15.00 per person. Scholarships are available.

Participants receive

  • Cooking for Crowds – A manual specifically designed for volunteer cooks;
  • Certificate of Attendance;
  • Posters; and
  • Instant Read Thermometer.

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