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Just as home prepared foods are not permitted within a restaurant, Lambton Public Health (LPH) also recommends that public food donations prepared at home should not be accepted within an Emergency Shelter.
While local volunteers are eager to help by bringing prepared foods to the shelters, Public Health has the responsibility to ensure that food is safe for people to consume. All foods must be stored, prepared, served, and distributed in a manner consistent with acceptable public health practices. LPH has to ensure that any food being prepared outside of the shelter is done so in a premise consistent with acceptable public health practices in regards to sanitation and food handling.
Residents that would like to help are encouraged to:
Obtain a certificate in safe food handling and volunteer at the shelter to prepare meals. Food Handler Certification is not mandatory to work in an Emergency Shelter but strongly recommended.
Donate money for the purchase of food items directly from a grocery store.
Donate low risk pre-packaged food such as baked goods, canned goods, uncut fruit and vegetables.
Donate store bought raw meat in its original packaging that has been properly refrigerated and can be transported to the shelter safely.