Food Safety Training & Resources

Resource guide

Food Safety Training


Online Basic Food Safety Training for Food Pantries & Prepared Meal programs

Now it’s even easier to fulfill the yearly food safety training requirement. You can do the training online. It’s as simple as reviewing the material, taking a quiz, and receiving a certificate. Please allow 45 minutes to an hour to review the presentation. This can be self study or a presentation you show staff or volunteers. The quiz is available online or in print. Once your quiz is submitted, allow at least 2 weeks for your certificate to arrive.

Online Basic Food Safety for BackPack programs 

BackPack Program partner sites are expected to follow all food safety requirements in order to protect the health and safety of all children served. Watch the 16-minute video below, and take the online quiz. 

QUIZ: Basic Food Safety quiz for BackPack Programs (An 80% score is required to pass)



Trainings offered at Foodlink


Shopper orientation and basic food safety

Shopper Orientation is a workshop for agencies that are new to ordering from Foodlink. This is an opportunity for you to get a tour of our warehouse facilities, learn tips and tricks for how to get the most out of our online ordering system, and receive an overview of grant-funding opportunities and how best to use your grants while ordering.

During Basic Food Safety, we focus on container integrity of donated food product and how to assess if product is safe. We review food product dating requirements such as expiration dates, and safety and sanitation requirements and best practices.

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Level 1 Food Manager Certification


Foodlink offers the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe Food Manager course. The certification is for five years. The cost is $125/person. Contact Emily Diaz for more information and registration details:

Next classes:

• May 9 & 12, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Register by April 24)

• Sept. 26 & 29, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Register by Sept. 8)


Level 2 Food Worker Certification

Foodlink provides training for hot meal program staff and volunteers. The certification is for three years. The cost is $75/person for member agencies, $105/person for nonmembers. Emergency agency members are eligible for HPNAP coverage for up to two people per year. Contact Emily Diaz for more information and registration details:

Next classes:

• Feb. 15 & 16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Register by Feb. 8)

• July 19 & 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Register by July 12)

• Nov. 1 & 2, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Register by Oct. 25)

Food Safety Resources


HPNAP Materials for Emergency Agencies


Additional Resources and Recipes