Food Safety & Storage Training for Food Pantries - U of I Extension

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Food Safety & Storage Training for Food Pantries

This article was originally published on June 27, 2018 and expired on July 26, 2018. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information.

The USDA estimates that 30% to 40% of the U.S. food supply is wasted. This July, the University of Illinois Extension Snap-Ed program is partnering with the Decatur Salvation Army for a Food Safety & Storage Training program aimed at reducing food waste in area food banks and pantries.

This free training is part of an overall effort to reduce pantry food waste by improving food storage methods, lengthening shelf life and increasing client choice options.

Food Safety & Storage Training for Food Pantries is open to any Central Illinois food pantry staff. The training will be from 10 a.m. to noon July 31 in the Community Room of the Salvation Army, 229 W. Main St., Decatur. Those interested should sign up by July 26 with the Macon County Extension Office at or by calling 217.877.6042. For more information, contact Staci Coussens at

This program is being hosted by Illinois Nutrition Education Programs and SNAP-Ed, which are part of University of Illinois Extension and provide nutrition education to individuals and families. In 2017, Macon County’s SNAP-Ed program served 5,598 program participants.

University of Illinois Extension in DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Counties provides research-based educational programming in agriculture, local foods, small farms, leadership, nutrition and wellness, horticulture, 4-H and youth development and consumer sciences. Learn more at

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. This material funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call 217.877.6042.

Pull date: July 26, 2018