Volunteer Food Service Worker Training


The popularity of fairs, street festivals, and community suppers in America’s small town and big cities continues to grow. We love to share our diverse cultures and cuisines with others in the community. These events may be held at fairgrounds, on city streets, or in a church–often with limited food preparation and sanitary facilities. Food is served by volunteers who may not have the food safety knowledge and skills needed to prepare food safely.

Organizations serving food at these events have an obligation by law, to provide safe food to the public. The consequences of a foodborne illness outbreak at these types of events could be devastating personally and financially to any organization- either non-profit or for- profit. This curriculum was designed to help you and your organization reduce the chance that a foodborne illness outbreak will ruin your event.

The materials are based on a Pre-Operational Guide for Temporary Food Establishments developed by the Plan Review Committee of the Conference for Food Protection and adopted by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000. A copy of these guidelines may be found on the FDA website:

Training materials include:

1. The Planning Guide and Food Safety Plan Template which is designed to assist an organization in operating the event in a manner that reduces the risk of foodborne illness for patrons; and to comply with local/state food safety regulations. The Planning Guide is contains food safety information and a variety of forms that can be used for planning the event and for food safety practices record-keeping.

Planning Guide and Food Safety Plan Template

2. A series of short Toolbox Lessons that may be used to train site coordinators and/or food workers. The lessons are based on the basic food safety principles of the nationally recognized “Fight BAC” campaign. Each Toolbox includes links to websites offering additional information. The following toolbox lessons can be downloaded in PDF format:

Toolbox Lessons

For More Information, Please Contact:

Nicole Richard
Research Associate/Food Safety Specialist
Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science
University of Rhode Island
530 Liberty Lane
West Kingston, RI 02892
Tel: 401-874-2977