Ohio Valley Goodwill’s Food Services Team Receives 2014 Clean Kitchen Award!

(L to R) Jim Brett, Ham. Co. Public Health, Timothy Ingram, Ham. Co. Public Health Commissioner, Alison McElfresh, Goodwill Chef, Greg Kesterman, Assistant Health Commissioner.

(L to R) Jim Brett, Ham. Co. Public Health, Timothy Ingram, Ham. Co. Public Health Commissioner, Alison McElfresh, Goodwill Chef, Greg Kesterman, Assistant Health Commissioner.

 

Ohio Valley Goodwill’s Food Service Training program was delighted to receive the “Clean Kitchen Award” from the Hamilton County Public Health department for the second year in a row for outstanding sanitation practices in its   kitchen preparation area. Chef Alison McElfresh was delighted to receive the award at a meeting of the  Hamilton County Public Health department  on Monday, March 10, 2014. Housed at its corporate headquarters in the  village of Woodlawn, the busy Food Services training program kitchen serves   between 150 to 200 meals per day to its program participants, staff and other  visitors. “I am very proud of our staff and trainees that do the hard work  necessary to meet the requirements outlined by Hamilton County Public Health.”   Receiving the award two years running is such an honor,” said Alison McElfresh, Chef and Supervisor.                                                                         

Goodwill’s Food Services Training program offers the opportunity for trainees to learn all of the skills related to working in a restaurant setting or other food service-oriented occupation. Participants in the Goodwill program are typically sponsored by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities formerly known as the Rehabilitation Services Commission and the goal is to help individuals learn the skills needed for employment and then, to get jobs in the community. “We are pleased to partner with Hamilton County Public Health to provide Food Handler Training and certification for our trainees,” said McElfresh. “HCPH provides regular training classes utilizing multi-media materials as well as hands-on activities for instruction with our students,” added McElfresh. Students who receive the HCPC certificates enhance their marketability in terms of future job placement. For more information about Goodwill’s Food Services Training program, visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services. Our thanks to Hamilton County Public Health for their recognition and on-going partnership with Ohio Valley Goodwill.

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