Safe Food at Churches, Fundraisers, and Community Events

— Written By and last updated by Nancie Mandeville
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Are you serving food at a church potluck, annual fundraiser, or community event? Do you know if this food has been prepared and handled safely? While restaurants, schools, and senior meal sites are mandated to have updated food safety education in their facilities, non-profit organizations hosting temporary events which serve food are not required to do so.

The Family & Consumer Sciences Program with Union County Cooperative Extension is making sure to provide consumers and food handlers with the basic skills and knowledge needed to reduce the risk of foodborne outbreaks and illnesses in our county. “Cooking for Crowds” is a program designed for non-profit groups that prepare food for their organization or for the public as part of food fundraisers. By taking this course, you will learn to prevent the conditions during planning, purchasing, storage, preparation and service that may lead to a foodborne illness outbreak at your next food fundraiser. By participating, your organization will receive a certificate to proudly place within the establishment.

Cooking for Crowds is FREE OR $20 with each training manual you purchase. To schedule a course, contact Cooperative Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, Hayley Napier at 704-283-3830 or hayley_napier@ncsu.edu.