Food Safety During the Holidays!

With the holiday season fast approaching, we wanted to share some useful Quick Facts food safety information that you can print and distribute to pantry guests. Each has helpful tips to keep food safe during family gatherings and celebrations:

The Quick Facts resources can be found under Food Safety and the Stop Foodbourne Illness Quick Facts dropdown menu. 

The Product Spotlight references can be found under Food Safety and the Quality Assurance Resources – Produce dropdown menu. 

The guide can be found under Food Safety and the Food Storage Resources drop down menu. 

Should you have any questions, please reach out to your Agency Representative who can help address quality assurance questions and connect you to our QA team. If there’s a resource you’re looking for, but don’t see, please let us know. We may be able to find one for you. 

Pilar Estrada
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Bilingual Administrative Support Specialist


The FDA states, “the Federal government estimates that there are about 48 million cases of foodborne illness annually – that’s about 1 in 6 Americans each year. Each year, these illnesses result in an estimated 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Following simple food safety tips can help lower your chance of getting sick.”

Our wonderful Second Harvest Quality Assurance Team has compiled a library of Food Safety Resources right here in your Partner Portal:

  • Food Date Extension Resources
  • Food Packaging Defects Resources
  • Food Safety Resources
  • Food Storage Resources
  • Quality Assurance Resources – Produce
  • Recalls and Food Safety Alerts Resources
  • Sanitation Resources
  • Time & Temperature Control Resources

This resource library can be found at the bottom of your Partner Portal, below the APPLES trainings videos:

Additionally, the US Food & Drug Administration’s website is another helpful resource – this linked page includes further food safety information in both English and Spanish.

Are there other ways we can support you? Please contact and let us know.

Agency Partner & Programs Learning & Education Sessions

Join us for important information to promote food safety and protect the people you support as well as guidelines on sanitation and food handling & storage practices. This session is hosted by Scott Lyon, our wonderful Quality Assurance Manager.

We’ll also include an overview and details about:

  • The Second Harvest Team behind Quality Assurance
  • Foodborne Illness & Effects – Handling Food Safely: handwashing, food allergens, protective gear & attire
  • Avoiding Food Contamination: types of contaminants/hazards, food storage practices, sanitizing, preparing food safely
  • Each webinar will begin with a presentation or review of relevant information on the topic and be followed by a Q&A session to answer specific concerns and share best practices with each other.

Follow along with the slide deck.