York Region Food for Learning requires a minimum of one program volunteer, per location, to attend food safety training through the YorkSafe Food Handler Certification program. This one-day training is offered two to four times per year, free of charge to program volunteers.
YorkSafe Food Handler Certification Program
YorkSafe is a food handling training program designed for anyone working in the food industry or anyone interested in learning about the basic concepts of food safety. Certified Public Health Inspectors facilitate this program. Participants will learn how to reduce the risk of food-borne illness by understanding how to safely prepare, store and serve food in student nutrition programs.
Those who successfully pass the exam will become Certified Food Handlers, a designation that is recognized and valid throughout Ontario for five years.
For more information about safe food handling or to speak with a Public Health Inspector, contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit www.york.ca/foodsafety.
FOOD SAFETY RESOURCES
- Dishwashing 2-sink method: Poster showing how to clean and sanitize dishes in settings with two sinks.
- Dishwashing 3-sink method: Poster showing how to clean and sanitize dishes in settings with three sinks.
- Food safety in school: Learning modules on safe food handling practices for student nutrition programs
- Safe food storage: Information about storing foods in refrigerators safely to avoid cross-contamination.
- Safe cooking temperatures: Safe cooking temperatures for different types of foods.
- Handwashing: Poster showing the correct handwashing procedure.
- Safe Food Donation Guide: This guide has been developed to assist organizations who accept food donations.
The lead agency for student nutrition programs in Central East Ontario, Peterborough Family Resource Centre, is mandated to approve local farms before Student Nutrition Programs in Central East Ontario can accept donations and/or buy food from local farms. If you are currently receiving donations from a local farm, or you buy food from a local farm, ensure that you share this information with your Food Logistics Coordinator.
We will contact the farm to verify that they meet the program food safety standards and best practices. Once the farm is approved it will be included in our vendors list. If you are looking for a local farm to source food from, please also contact your Food Logistics Coordinator, Indra Noyes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-748-9144.