September is Hunger Action Month but it is also Food Safety Education Month. Food safety is foundational to Feeding America member food banks’ operations. Without the appropriate food safety programs in place, the potential to harm people we’re trying to help exists. An important part of the food supply is making sure that staff and volunteers at food banks and pantries know how to safely handle food. If they aren’t familiar with proper food safety practices, the efforts we put into getting food safely to the people we serve are in vain. Practicing food safety is an essential piece of the supply chain. You, as a consumer, can access food safety information at The Partnership for Food Safety Education’s website www.fightbac.org.
Feeding America member food banks institute safe food handling practices as required by the USDA, FDA and Good Manufacturing Practices. We always work toward continuous improvement in our food safety programs. Feeding America provides member food banks with webinars that focus on different areas of food safety – such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – that will not only impact how we do business, but it also our donors and how they operate. Cargill has generously sponsored intimate, conference-style food safety training for every food bank in the Feeding America network so that they all have the opportunity to learn in an environment with their peers.
Food safety education is not static – there’s always something new. We continue to work tirelessly to ensure the food supply chain is safe. Make sure you do your part to keep the supply chain safe! Take a food safety quiz here to test your food safety knowledge.
*Mitzi Baum is the managing director of food safety at Feeding America.Tags: Fighting Hunger in Action , Food Bank Network