University of Maine Cooperative Extension will provide food safety training for volunteer cooks at multiple locations from 1 to 4 p.m. starting Thursday, April 9, at the UMaine Extension office, 9 Olson Road, South Paris. Training also will be held in Lisbon Falls, Falmouth, Springvale and Farmington.

Locally, a workshop will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the UMaine Extension Franklin County Office, 138 Pleasant St, Suite 1, Farmington.

Sessions are scheduled through April 29.

Cooking for Crowds offers up-to-date information on how to handle, transport, store and prepare foods safely for large group functions, such as soup kitchens, church suppers, food pantries and community fundraisers. Participants receive “Cooking for Crowds,” a manual designed for volunteer cooks; certificate of attendance; posters; and an instant-read thermometer.

The class meets the Good Shepherd Food Bank food safety training requirements.

The $15 fee includes all materials.

For the full schedule and registration, visit

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, call 781-6099 or 800-287-1471 (in Maine).