Food Safety Guidelines

Food safety is a top priority for Open Hand.  In order to qualify for our meals, clients are home-bound due to chronic, critical or terminal illnesses.  This means their immune systems are weak, leaving them vulnerable to food-borne illnesses.

Here are some things we must do to prevent physical contamination of food.

  • Wear gloves to ensure nails or nail polish do not get into food (Open Hand provides gloves)
  • Wear hair nets that are provided to ensure hair does not get into food
  • Wear an apron while packaging food or snacks (Open Hand provides aprons)
  • Do not wear clothing that could potentially get into food, such as scarves or long sleeves
  • Do not wear sleeveless tops or shirts while packaging or preparing food
  • Remove jewelry prior to entering kitchen
  • No chewing gum or candy
  • Throw out containers that have holes or rips. If a packaged meal has a hole or rip in the container, alert a kitchen employee.
  • No cell phones should be used on the food packing line

Wash hands frequently to prevent biological contamination of food.
How frequently?

  • Upon entering the kitchen
  • After using the bathroom
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • After eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum
  • After using a telephone
  • After touching hair, ears, mouth or nose
  • After handling garbage
  • After touching dirty aprons, clothing or dirty surfaces.

If you think that you may be sick, we ask that you do not package foods in order to ensure your illness is not passed on to our clients. If you have a cough, runny nose, sore throat, stomach ache, fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, we ask that you do not enter the kitchen area.