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´╗┐Sebasticook Valley Health (SVH) along with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension announces Cooking for Crowds: Food Safety Training for Volunteer Cooks. The workshop will be held Tuesday, March 7th from 9 AM to 12 PM at SVH on 167 Leighton Street in Pittsfield.
Many organizations and community groups rely on volunteers for a variety of food events such as fundraising, fellowships, food pantries or other service to the community. Cooking for a crowd is tricky. How do you store all that food? When is the food completely cooked? How long can you leave food on the buffet table? Now there is a workshop on Safe Food Handling designed specifically for volunteers. The workshop offers up-to-date information on safely preparing handling, transporting, serving and storing food for large group functions such as soup kitchens, church suppers, food pantries and community fundraisers. Participants receive Cooking for Crowds, a manual specifically designed for volunteer cooks, a certificate of attendance, posters and an Instant Read Thermometer. This class meets the Good Shepherd Food-Bank food safety training requirements.
The cost is $15 per person. Registration is online at For more information or to request a disability accommodation contact 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471.
Sebasticook Valley Health offers educational sessions throughout the year for the public, keeping health as a priority. Proper preparation, storage and transportation of food are important. Although this workshop is designed for cooks for large functions, the same principles should be applied to the home life.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has been a trusted resource for 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine's land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.
Accredited by the Joint Commission, Sebasticook Valley Health is a progressive 25-bed, critical access hospital, with a wide range of outpatient services throughout the region. SVH is a member of Eastern Maine Healthcare System (EMHS). For more information, contact Community Health Project Specialist, Sharon Kimball at (207) 487-3890 extention #2736.