Creating a Culture of Food Safety

On February 11th, 2022, HCS Head Start hosted a virtual Essentials of Food Safety Workshop to Go, with JSI instructor Charlotte Stephenson, MS, RD. The presentation focused on the importance of establishing a – “culture of food safety”-, emphasizing practices and procedures to help ensure the safety of food being served in schools.

Workshop topics included personal hygiene practices, preventing possible cross contamination, monitoring and recording temperatures, proper cleaning, sanitizing and storage practices.

Proper hygiene is a critical factor of food safety practices. This includes handwashing, sanitizing, and use of gloves in food service areas.

The session offered the HCS staff members a fun and interactive training on food safety which was filled with a variety of engaging activities, such as:

  • Identify the Hazard- where different food hazard scenarios were matched with the corresponding type of food safety hazard.
  • Spot the TCS Foods- which focused on foods that require time and temperature control to keep them safe to eat.
  • Time and Temperature Abuse Prevention video demonstration
Participants observed an engaging video about proper handwashing that supports good personal hygiene, including a step-by-step process of the procedure.
  • Proper Handwashing and Proper Use of Glove Videos
  • “What Went Wrong? – case scenarios to identify and solve potential cross-contamination issues.
  • Check your Knowledge Q & A for participants to demonstrate their food safety knowledge

Annual training on food safety is a great step in creating a culture of food safety in your school. If you are interested in hosting a Workshop to Go like Essentials of Food Safety, visit The John C. Stalker Institute website for more information.

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The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition is a partnership of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Framingham State University.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement.

© The John C. Stalker Institute, 2024