Flintshire church volunteers undergo food safety training

The staff members at a church in the Flintshire town of Saltney in Wales have all undergone food hygiene training in order to make sure that hygiene standards at the church’s community café are up to scratch.

To date, a total of 12 volunteers at the church have completed food safety training, and all have managed to achieve a Level 2 Food Safety in Catering qualification. The staff either work at A Different Taste, the church’s community café, or at a monthly event called ‘Messy Church’ in which free meals are offered to children and their carers, alongside other activities such as craft making.

Explaining the decision to send all volunteers on food hygiene training courses, Vicar Hennie Johnston told the Chester Chronicle:

“We want to do things properly and have invested a lot of time and money in making the kitchen a safe place to prepare and cook food.
“We now have a number of volunteers who have passed the food hygiene course which means that we can focus on more projects which involve food.”

Investing in food hygiene has paid off for the church too, as a recent inspection by the local council’s environmental health department gave the church top marks for food safety.