The Delaware General Health District is offering food safety training geared toward area churches that plan on serving meals to outside community members or to their own congregation.

Serving Hands: Food Safety Training is a one-hour session that covers proper hand washing, food handling and safe temperatures. The training is free and a member of the DGHD Food Safety unit will come to the requesting church location.

“We want to help make sure churches are giving to others in the safest way possible,” health district Sanitarian and class presenter Shannon Self said. “That’s why we’re offering this food safety training course for volunteers. We don’t want any church members or those receiving a meal to walk away with a food-borne illness.”

Self added that after last year’s botulism outbreak in Lancaster that stemmed from a church potluck, food safety should be the highest priority when serving others.

For information or to schedule a training, contact Shannon Self at 740-203-2071 or by email at [email protected].

The Delaware General Health District provided information for this story.