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Shawnee County

Shawnee County
K-State Research and Extension
1740 SW Western Avenue
Topeka, KS  66604


Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

785-232-0093 fax

Food Safety

New! Food Safety in Blessing Boxes (website, link to pdf)

Read before you shop and donate. These pantries are normally outside and subject to extreme temperatures depending on the time of the year, so not all foods are safe to donate. It is critical that foods available through “Blessing Boxes” are as safe and nutritious as possible to truly be a blessing to those using the boxes.

Did you know? Food safety begins at the grocery store.

Food Safety at the Grocery Store

Not sure how long you can keep food? Use the FoodKeeper webpage or download the app on your phone. 
Four Steps for Safe Food
   CLEAN (website)Food Preparation on Counter
   SEPARATE (website)
   COOK (website)
   CHILL (website)



At-Home Safe Food Handling: It's in Your Hands (link to order or download pdf)
Cooking for Groups (pdf)
Cooking for Groups Infographic



Headshot Susan Fangman

Susan Fangman

FACS Agent
785-232-0062 ext. 103

Headshot Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin, MPH, RD, LD

785-232-0062, x119