The Harry Chapin Food Bank has received a superior achievement rating in meeting the American Institute of Baking International's stringent standards for sanitary food handling.
The food bank is the only food bank in Florida to receive the superior achievement rating. Safety in handling and storing food is critical in distributing fresh food and baked goods.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank's refrigerated trucks pick up food products from 160 retail supermarket locations throughout Southwest Florida. The food is then distributed to its 150 partner agencies.
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Harry Chapin Food Bank employees Walter Daniels, left, and Neil McAlister prepare to hang the banner indicating the superior rating received from the American Institute of Banking International.
AIB has honored the food bank with certification, recognizing its quality in goods, outstanding food safety and sanitary working conditions, and exemplary training for employees regarding proper handling of food products and ingredients.
Rigorous inspections and training are required of companies and bakeries which receive the certification.
The certification verifies that the Harry Chapin Food Bank is committed to its partner agencies, donors and families it serves.