Penn State Cooperative Extension in Erie County is providing a workshop for people who volunteer at events where food is cooked or served to a crowd. 

“Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling” will be held March 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Corry Higher Education Council, 221 N. Center St.

Non-profit, volunteer-run groups that prepare food to be served or sold to the public must be sure that the food is safe and of high quality according to Janice M. Ronan, extension educator for Family Living/4-H with the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Erie County.

Food that is not prepared safely can cause serious illness or even death for some individuals. Advances in science and technology continually provide new information about the safest ways to handle food to prevent illness. 

People who are great cooks at home don’t necessarily know how to safely prepare and store large quantities of food for large groups, said Ronan. 

“The way we’ve always done it is not necessarily the safest way,” she said.

For more information or to make reservations, contact the Corry Higher Education Council at 664-9405 or visit Cooperative Extension’s web site

Cost of the program is $10 for registration only, or $20 for registration and a “Cooking for Crowds” manual. It is highly recommended that every organization purchase at least one manual for reference. 

Registration deadline is March 15.

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