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Safe Food Handling


Safe Food Handling

Food safety is an important public health issue and a top priority at Second Harvest Food Bank. All food bank staff are trained in safe food handling, and we work hard to make sure that all the food we distribute is safe to eat. We also require all network community partners to be trained in safe food handling procedures and their implementation to ensure that the product that is provided to those who need our help is nutritious, healthy and safe for consumption.

Feeding America and all of its member food banks,  including Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, require that ALL network community partners complete a class on safe food handling and receive certification. If you would like to participate in our Grocery Rescue or Food Rescue Programs you must take the Safe Food Handling Class. There are two options:

  1.  A FREE class is held quarterly at Second Harvest and is taught by the Orange County Environmental Health Department. This class is held quarterly on a Friday and starts at 8 am.
  2. An online course through ServeSafe. This class is normally $15, but you can ask us for the Feeding America coupon code that will reduce the price by $4.50. Once you receive your certificate from ServSafe, please mail, fax, or email us a copy for our records.

Even if you do not wish to participate in the Grocery Rescue or Food Rescue Programs, you’ll still need to have a current safe food handling certificate if you are part of the Second Harvest network.

For more information contact the Partner Development and Support Program at 949-653-2900.