Food Safety for Church Kitchens

Thanksgiving is a time to gather, not only with family, but also a time for fellowship in our churches. Safe food preparation is a goal of all good chefs and helpers
whether preparing meals for home or for church. The holidays are a great time to review Food Safety Guidelines for Home and Church Kitchens.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that every year approximately 76 million people in the United States become ill from harmful bacteria in food. To minimize food risks, share a written policy/guidelines regarding food preparation/food safety with all employees and/or volunteers who work in your kitchen should receive training on these procedures.

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Prepare for Hurricane Season

From June through November, the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal regions are highly susceptible to hurricanes, tropical cyclones or severe tropical storms. These natural disasters can cause significant damage to areas along the coast and those several hundred miles inland. Stemming from hurricanes, other disasters, such as tornadoes, floods, landslides or mudslides, can cause additional damage. While all of the destruction caused from these storms cannot be prevented, taking steps to prepare for hurricane season can lessen the physical and emotional damage to you, your family and your home.

There are actually ways on how you could be prepared before the hurricane comes.  Although you may not live near a coastal area, you could experience devastating effects of a hurricane, such as torrential rains, wind and hail damage, even tornadoes.  Consider some of the tips below in order not to face a storm unprepared:

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Protect your church from catalytic converter theft.

Protect your church from catalytic converter theft. We have been seeing a sharp rise in theft at too many of our churches. Being unoccupied much of the week, churches present a tempting target to thieves. While copper thefts from air-conditioning units remain a problem, we are also seeing an increase in catalytic converter theft. Catalytic converters on buses and vans present a quick and easy opportunity.

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