Those involved in preparing or serving food for non-profit or volunteer organization can consider attending “Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Food Safety.” The workshop is being held at the Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church Street, Waverly, March 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. Martin Bucknavage, Penn State Extension food science specialist, is course instructor.
The workshop is designed for volunteers responsible for preparing food for large numbers of people on occasion such as: church suppers, fire hall dinners, band boosters or other types of food fundraisers. The following topics will be discussed: how food becomes unsafe, purchasing and storage of food, keeping food safe during preparation, hot and cold holding, personal hygiene and cleaning and sanitizing. Even organizations that have never experienced a problem can sign up to learn more about safe food handling practices.
The cost of the program is $5. Each organization is also suggested to purchase at least one “Cooking for Crowds” food safety manual for $10. Registration is required and the deadline to register is March 8. To register, contact the Penn State Extension office in Lackawanna County at 570.963.6842.