Food stands are an important part of many community celebrations and athletic events. Selling a variety of food and beverages can be an effective fundraising activity-but only if no one gets sick. Organizers and workers need to be aware of certain regulations and consider several questions before the event. Who is in charge, what permits are required, what are potentially hazardous foods, what types of food should not be sold?
Each year, an estimated 48 million people get ill from food and a foodborne illness from a food stand is possible. To help prevent your food stand from causing someone to become ill, have your food stand workers join Nutrition and Health Specialists Jody Gatewood at the SafeFood Concessions Training for Food Stand Workers to learn about food safety. The one-hour training will be held on Thursday, July 12 from 6-7 p.m. at the Marshall County Extension office in Marshalltown.
Participants will learn basic food safety information including time and temperatures, personal health and hygiene, and proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures.
Cost of the training is $10. Pre-payment and pre-registration is required no later than Tuesday, July 10 as the class size is limited. Participants can mail payment or stop at the Marshall County Extension Office (2608 S 2nd Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158)