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

Starting at FREE


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?

You will learn how to:

  • recognize the importance of food safety training
  • identify potential food safety hazards
  • identify proper food safety protocols
  • evaluate your non-profit organization's equipment and facilities for food safety compliance
  • implement a food safety system in your non-profit organization


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Very concise and informative course taken at my own pace at home. No need to schedule course and travel.

The course covered all the necessary aspects of safe food handling and storage for volunteer groups. While not as in-depth as the ServSafe course it does cover all the basic information regarding safe procurement, handling, storage and serving of foods to the public. It was helpful to be able to work at my own pace at home and not have to schedule time to travel and attend classes. The handouts were informative and I printed them out to make a small notebook for our church group. Would highly recommend this course for volunteer groups that serve food to the public.
Review by Sherrill / (POSTED ON 4/3/2018)

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