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Food safety advice for community groups and volunteers 

Thank you for giving up your time for the good of the community!

This page has been prepared to help provide guidance for new community food groups including those preparing meals at home, or in a community church or centre.

Advice and guidance about safely volunteering can be is available on the GOV.UK website. 

Food business registration

If you handle, prepare, store and serve food occasionally and on a small scale, you do not need to register as a food business.

If you are providing food on a more regular and organised basis, or are setting up a food bank or you are not sure whether you need to register, please register with us using the button below. We will make a decision on whether you should be registered. Its easy, free and will only take a few minutes.

Register a food business

Existing food banks should already be registered with their local authority and have actions in place to minimize the risks to users.

Further resources 

 Surplus food labelling guide [3,870KB]

 Surplus food redistribution checklist [631KB]

 Agreement to receive or supply food past its Best Before date (template) [46KB]

We have made other tools and saved previous training resources. These are available for volunteers and community groups to access or download for free. visit our Food safety plus community page for details. 

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