The National Restaurant Association has announced the release of "ServSafe Food Handler Guide for Food Banking," its comprehensive food-handling training guide for Feeding America's broad network of food bank employees, agency staff and volunteers.
"We are proud to partner with Feeding America, which provides nourishment to millions of Americans each year," said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, in a press release. "Through their extensive network of food banks and legions of volunteers, Feeding America is fighting to end hunger in communities across the country. Proper food safety and handling is paramount when serving food to others, and we are pleased to help provide that training through our ServSafe program as Feeding America continues their mission."
The NRA's ServSafe team worked together with Feeding America to survey operators within the Feeding America network, conduct focus groups with participation from more than 20 food banks across the country, and tour network agencies and food banks in order to better understand Feeding America's operations.
The co-branded guide focuses on the importance of food safety and provides training for Feeding America's staff and volunteers on maintaining good personal hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing food properly as well as receiving, storing, evaluating, repacking and transporting food safely.
"We are thankful to the National Restaurant Association for teaming with us to create these important new training materials for food banks and partner agencies," said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America in the release. "Food safety is core to our operations and we are delighted that the association has shared with us their years of experience and expertise."