The New Jersey Food Council was awarded a $149,400 grant from the Customized Training Program in the state Department of Labor to support food handlers and provide safety training for supermarkets, grocers and convenience stores.
The grant will support the partnership between the NJFC and the Office of Continuing Education at Rutgers University, which administers the grant project. Training is offered to NJFC member companies to provide food handlers with extensive and required state and federal food safety and sanitation training.
“We are pleased to offer this training to improve the skill set and employment opportunities for our workforce. This grant for New Jersey food retailers ensures their employees are trained in the latest food safety and sanitation requirements,” said Linda Doherty, NJFC president and CEO. “As New Jersey reopens from the COVID crisis and more workers are needed to feed New Jersey residents who are shopping for food, this grant reinforces strong food safety practices, principles and qualifications.”
The training is a collaboration with ServSafe, through the National Restaurant Association, as well as SafeMark Supermarkets through the Food Marketing Institute.
Classes approved in the grant include:
- A 16-hour food safety training through ServSafe or Safemark;
- An eight-hour course through ServSafe or Safemark; and
- A four-hour food handler training through ServSafe.
NJFC members participating in the grant include: Brookdale Shoprite Inc., Eickhoff Supermarkets, Food Bank of South Jersey, Food Circus Super Markets, Heritage’s Dairy Stores Inc., Inserra Supermarkets, Murphy’s Fresh Market, Nicholas Markets, Pennington Quality Market, Perlmart Inc., QuickChek Corp., Ravitz Family Markets, Ronetco Supermarkets, Shoprite of Hunterdon County, Shoprite Supermarkets Inc., Stew Leonard’s, Village Supermarket, Wakefern Food Corp., Whole Foods Market and Zallie-Somerset Supermarkets Inc.
Learn more about the NJFC at njfoodcouncil.com.