You may have read the headlines.
Well intentioned, kind and community spirited people offer their generous time, talents and monies to help others, but sometimes the lack of food safety knowledge, experience and/or attention to food safety practices can cause misery.
The risk of food borne illness, from these community outreach services, has become so common place that there are books written with chapters specific to the issue. The ‘Desktop Guide for Not-For-Profits’ has a chapter on “reasonable precautions to prevent food poisoning and other illness.”
And the risk of a lawsuit is common enough that insurance companies are offering liability insurance. Here is a sentence from an insurance provider website. “What if someone took a bite out of your food and had an allergic reaction? Did you know that you could be held liable? “
In the past decade, many states have developed laws governing community service food service activities. In Minnesota, there is the “Church Lady Law” requiring food safety training for meals served.
Houston developed an innovative program in 2012 that, amongst other basic steps, provided free food handler courses for members of the food service group.
Not all community food service groups are so fortunate to have free publicly funded food safety courses, but you can help. Through a partnership with DiningSafetyAlliance.org, Dining Grades Inc is offering free food safety courses to well-intentioned food service groups such as churches, homeless shelters and other community spirited organizations.