Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer's Guide to Safe Food Handling

If your organization holds food fundraisers, this online course will teach you to identify food safety hazards and reduce risks to prevent foodborne illness.
Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer's Guide to Safe Food Handling - Online Courses
Skill Level: Beginner
Length of Access: 365 days
Sections: 7
Length: 4 hours
Language: English
Note: This course offers a certificate of completion.

Starting at FREE

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This course is designed to teach food safety to nonprofit volunteers who prepare food for the public. You'll learn about the safety risks that can develop when cooking large quantities of food, and about how to reduce those risks so the food you prepare is both safe and delicious. Although many of the food safety strategies recommended are similar to those for a commercial foodservice operation, the strategies have been translated into practical methods to meet the unique needs of volunteers and non-profit groups.

In this self-paced, asynchronous course, videos and short readings will teach you about preparation techniques, proper temperatures for cooking, serving, and refrigerating food, the importance of sanitation, and more. Knowledge check questions at the end of each section will help you apply what you learn.

This course will provide you specific food safety strategies for many common types of events, like barbecues, bake sales, sandwich sales, soup sales, sit-down meals, and food to go. You will be able to print handouts and checklists for each type of event. Other handouts are available to help you plan the events, record important information, remind you of important food safety details such as minimum internal cooking temperatures, and more.

Additionally, you will have the option of taking a graded final course quiz. When you pass the quiz, you will receive a certificate of course completion. Please note, this is NOT a professional food safety certification.

Who is this for?
  • Volunteers who prepare food for nonprofit food fundraiser events.
What will you learn?

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • State the importance of food safety training for safe and successful food related events in your non-profit organization
  • Identify potential hazards that can contaminate food and cause it to become unsafe
  • Identify processes within the flow of food (procure, prepare, cook, cool, hold, reheat, and serve) to keep food safe
  • Evaluate your non-profit organization's equipment and facilities related to food safety
  • Implement a food safety system in your non-profit organization


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