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.  Food for Learning is offering self-study and full-day training sessions to train breakfast and snack volunteers on how to safely prepare, store and serve food. To prepare for the self-study session, access the manual here.

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



Local Farms

The lead agency for student nutrition programs in Central East Ontario, Peterborough Children and Family Centre, is mandated to approve local farms before Student Nutrition Programs 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 Community Development 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 contact your Community Development Coordinator.