AUGUSTA — University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Kennebec County will offer a Cooking for Crowds food safety training workshops from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, on the third floor of the UMaine Extension Kennebec County office, 125 State St.

Crystal Hamilton, nutrition and food systems professional, will instruct volunteer quantity cooks on methods for safely preparing, handling and serving food for large groups of people, including at soup kitchens, church functions, food pantries and community fundraisers. The workshops meet the Good Shepherd Food Bank food safety training requirements. Topics will include planning and purchasing, storing food supplies, preparing food, transporting, storing and serving cooked foods and handling leftovers.

The cost is $15 per person; scholarships are available. For more information, to request a disability accommodation, or to register, call Diana Hartley at 622-7546 or 800-287-1481.

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