WAYNE COUNTY - Preparing food in large quantities is different than food preparation in the home. Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer's Guide to Safe Food Handling program helps non-profit organizations and their volunteers understand the risks involved with preparing large volumes of food and the important food safety practices that need to be implemented to ensure a safe event.

The program, conducted by Penn State Extension is being held at Abrahamsville United Methodist Church, 623 Callicoon Road, Damascus, on Monday, May 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. The program is geared to volunteers preparing food for events such as church fund raisers, fire company barbecues, booster club food sales and the many other types of events were food is served to the public. It covers information related to preventing cross contamination, temperature control, good personal hygiene, cleaning and sanitization, and planning a successful food event.

Register online by April 27 at: http://extension.psu.edu/food/safety/events. Contact Nicole McGeehan at 570-421-6430 or nmd5140@psu.edu with any questions.