Food safety course provided for community volunteers

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An interested group of community volunteers.

Food Safety comes first in Granby’s community kitchens. On June 12, nineteen community members participated in a food safety training class and certification exam. The First Congregational Church of Granby hosted the ServSafe Manager course, which was arranged through the Connecticut Restaurant Association. The course is intended to enhance food safety practices and to help food service establishments maintain compliance with the Connecticut Food Code.

The class in Granby was unique because it targeted members of organizations typically staffed by volunteers and not food service professionals. Participants included members from First Congregational Church, Waste Not Want Not Community Kitchen, Saint Therese Parish, the Granby Senior Center, and Bethany Lutheran Brethren Church. “We all know food safety is essential for restaurants, but it is just as important for community events. Any time you have a large group of people being served, there’s an increased risk of someone contracting a foodborne illness.” said Natalie Chavoya, the course instructor. 

Natalia Chavoya instructs the course.

Chavoya found a receptive audience and commented afterwards, “Today’s class was wonderful! All 19 students were engaged, enthusiastic, and eager to learn the best food safety practices for keeping the community safe.” Thank you to all these volunteers, who give generously of their time for the betterment of our community.