Parish Kitchen Facilities & Events: Food Safety
The licensed parish kitchen of St. Mary Cathedral is home to many public social functions at a diocesan and parish level throughout the year. Our Food Establishment License means that kitchen users will comply with the current Food Codes and Food Safety Laws required by the Otsego County Health Department, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
New food safety laws require that at least one volunteer disciple working at group events for the parish or larger community is certified in safe food handling through the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification. If the function is catered in the parish hall, ensure that the vendor has a food establishment license before contracting with them. We currently have three disciples who have recently earned this accreditation for the purpose of ensuring our compliance in parish kitchen food safety. Congratulations to Helen Cook, Judy Hofmann, and Judy Schmitt for their time and talent in this area of stewardship!
We ask that all kitchen volunteer disciples - anyone who helps cook, serve and clean up - review a document called Cooking for Groups: A Volunteer’s Guide to Food Safety from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. This document is available through the link above and printed hard copies are available in the parish kitchen.
If you have questions concerning the parish kitchen, food safety issues, or need more information, please contact any of our certified parish Food Protection Managers at (989) 732-5448.