Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department to Offer a Free Safe Food Handling Class

November 13, 2018

For More Information Contact
Kathryn W. Goodman, Public Information Officer (434) 270-4802

(Charlottesville, Va.) – In an effort to help community members learn how to safely prepare and serve food, the Thomas Jefferson Health District’s (TJHD) Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department will host a free Safe Food Handling Classes on Monday, November 19, 2018, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The class is for anyone who shops, prepares, or serves food to the public, including foodservice industry workers – chefs, cooks, servers – and anyone who cooks and serves food at festivals, fairs, farmers markets, schools, faith-based organizations, and civic groups. Each class covers the same material.

Participants will receive free food safety tools, a certificate of attendance, and will learn how to:

  • Prevent or minimize the risk of spreading foodborne illness when preparing or serving foods to the public.
  • Use a food thermometer and gloves properly.
  • Understand how the health of employees can compromise food safety.
  • Methods to keep food safe and preparation services clean.

“We hope that people, who often serve food, will be able to attend the free classes to learn about the simple steps that they can take to prevent spreading foodborne illnesses by preparing and serving safe foods,” said Jason Fulton, TJHD Senior Environmental Health Specialist.

Safe Food Handling Class

Monday, November 19, 2018, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department, 1138 Rose Hill Drive, Charlottesville, Va.,

Building Entrance #3

RSVP: Participants should reserve their space in advance by contacting E. Archer Campbell at or 434-972-6256.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration, approximately 3,200 people in the United States die each year from preventable food-borne illnesses.

For more information about the free Safe Food Handling Class, or TJHD Environmental Health Services, visit