Island restaurateurs received training through the Center for Rural Affairs | Grand Island Local News

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“They’re finally getting that food handler permit,” Hawkins said. “It has to be in person. The participants that we have online, some of them are going to Grand Island to get this material handler license through the UNL extension.

The sessions also benefit restaurateurs with established businesses, Hawkins said.

“I had one from last year, they’ve been in business for 15 years and they took our restaurant academy and there were some things they didn’t know or didn’t know,” he said . “One thing is that they registered the business, the trade name, but they didn’t re-register after 10 years. They went to look for their name, and it didn’t come out.

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Interest is high among the Spanish-speaking population of Grand Island in training conservators, Hawkins confirmed.

“We’re seeing a huge increase, especially in the food truck industry,” he said. “One topic we address at the academy is food trucks specifically, as there are no standardized regulations on how to set up a food truck,” he said. “Each health district has its own version of what the mobile food permit should be.”

The training series has been offered at College Park since 2019.

This had to be done exclusively online in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which meant CFRA was unable to offer the food handler licensing training.

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