How Food Insecurity Affects Food Safety

A free webinar discusses how to stay informed to prevent foodborne illnesses in challenging economic times.

January 23, 2023

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—More than 34 million people experience food insecurity in the United States. Households right now may be tempted to make their food stretch and minimize food waste. Food pantries need to be prepared to accept and provide safe food for their communities.

The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) is holding a free webinar on how retailers, other businesses and nonprofits can help consumers and local food pantries stay informed to prevent foodborne illnesses.

The webinar, “Food Safety in the Face of Economic Challenges,” takes place Tuesday, February 16, 1-2 p.m. EST. NACS is a partner of PFSE.

Experts will discuss research and extension efforts for food safety as well as consumer resources on food waste and food safety. You’ll also learn the best food safety practices for those in your community who might be looking to glean to support their homes.

Guest speakers will include Ayma Rouhani of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Nicole Arnold of Ohio State University and Cynthia Aspengren of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Participants will receive CEUs from ANFP, CDR, NCHEC and NEHA. Register for the free webinar.

NACS has several food-safety resources for foodservice providers. Find them on the Food Safety topics page. NACS also offers free webinar on how to build a strong and effective food safety and cleanliness culture. The webinar, “The Case for Cleanliness,” is available to view on demand.

The inaugural NACS Food Safety Conference took place at the 2022 NACS Show and explored ways to drive change and manage risk in c-store foodservice programs. Read more about the event in the NACS Magazine article “What's Your Food Safety Culture?” in this month’s issue.

To continue dialoguing with food safety and quality assurance professionals in our industry, reach out to Chrissy Blasinsky at NACS ( to find out how you can get involved in conversations and rely on your industry peers as a sounding board for your company’s food safety concerns.