Fall food safety training offered to volunteers who cook for crowds


The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will provide several opportunities for volunteer cooks to receive important food safety training in September and October. “Cooking for Crowds” will be available through in-person workshops in multiple locations and via Zoom.

This course offers up-to-date information on how to safely handle, transport, store and prepare food for large groups such as soup kitchens, church suppers, food pantries and community fundraisers. Participants receive a manual specially designed for volunteer cooks, a certificate of attendance, posters, a magnet and thermometers. This class meets the food safety training requirements of the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

The $15 per person fee includes all materials. Register and find more details online (extension.umaine.edu/food-health/food-safety/cooking-for-crowds). For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine).

Extension of the University of Maine cooperative: As a trusted resource for over 100 years, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s public education role in land and sea grants by conducting research-based community programs in every county. of Maine. UMaine Extension helps nurture, support and grow the food economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches all aspects of Maine’s food system, where policy, research, production, processing, trade, nutrition, and food safety and security are integral and interdependent. UMaine Extension also runs Maine’s most successful out-of-school youth educational program through 4-H.

About the University of Maine: The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s land, maritime, and space grant university, with a regional campus at the University of Maine at Machias. UMaine is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. UMaine Machias is located in the homeland of the Passamaquoddy Nation. As Maine’s flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of education, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state’s public research university and a leading Carnegie R1 research institution. It attracts students from all 50 states and 81 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,989 undergraduate and graduate students, and UMaine Machias enrolls 747 undergraduate students. Our students have the opportunity to engage in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn a master’s, doctoral, or professional science master’s degree, as well as graduate certificates. UMaine Machias offers 18 degree programs. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial campus-wide efforts to save energy, recycle, and meet green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine and UMaine Machias, visit umaine.edu and machias.edu.


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