Upcoming food handling seminar will be good for nonprofits, church groups and athletic concession stands

March 18 – While there will be no Chambersburg Borough Council meeting tonight, the borough is hosting a Food Handlers Seminar. 

Restaurants and food handling is taken pretty seriously in Chambersburg – so much so the officials in the borough do their own inspections and don’t rely on the state to do it. 

The idea of presenting a food handlers course came up recently. 

Allen Coffman, borough council president, said, “Which is free. That’s the first part of it. It’s going to be done on two different dates, the 15th of April and the 23rd of April. The one on the 15th of April is from 9 to 11 in the morning and the one on the 23rd is from 7 to 9:30 at night.”

For anyone interested, call 717-251-2465.

Coffman said, “The nice thing about this, we’re talking about food handlers for people that work at churches, do dinners, athletic events that run the concession stands, and nonprofits. I don’t think it’s ever been done. It’s a move in the right direction, I think.” 

The PELRAS, Public Employer Labor Relations Advisory Service, conference was held recently at Penn State. 

Coffman said, “It’s done by the Pennsylvania Municipal League. It’s been done for over 40 years. They have about 500 people that show up. About a quarter to a third of them this year were first time attendees which I thought was really interesting. There are some people out there that are elected and appointed officials that are interested in learning about some of the things that the government should work on.” 

What were the takeaways this year? 

Coffman said, “It’s done primarily by one of the large law firms out of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, they supply the speakers for it. They provide the material for it. So you’re getting good information from this. Some of the things that they cover are labor relations, legal cases that have come up over the last year, things that are relatively new, management, artificial intelligence is one of the subjects they talked about, background checks, recruiting and retention, which was a good one. More than that, because you can’t hit them all, but we had several people up there to go to it and we found it interesting. It’s always a good update.”

The assistant gas superintendent of Chambersburg is a member of MGAG, the Municipal Gas Association of Georgia. 

Coffman said, “The importance is, we’re the furthest away. They’re located near Atlanta. So they do board meetings. We are the furthest away customer that they have. They buy our gas for us, they’re important to us. We work very closely with them on natural gas issues. They’ve got about 80 members. So you know it’s a big organization.”