2020 Holiday Food Safety

Health and Wellness Training

Stay Well, Stay Safe

Food is an important part of many holiday celebrations, and WIC staff can help families reduce the risk of foodborne illness during the holiday season by sharing some basic food safety tips. Below are resources for both WIC staff and participants to encourage safe food practices during the holiday season and anytime of the year.

This year, get-togethers may look a bit different from years past. The CDC has identified small household gatherings as an important contributor to the rise of COVID-19 cases, and encourages celebrating holidays with people in the same household. For those who plan to spend the holidays with people outside the household, CDC offers considerations to slow the spread of COVID-19 during these gatherings and suggestions for those who will be traveling.


Staff Learning and Teaching Resources

Access recorded webinars that provide CEU opportunities. 

Take advantage of the Educator Tools for Food Safety for Moms-to-Be (also available in Spanish) to become familiar with this topic and access an evidence-based presentation with accompanying talking points, posters, handouts, videos and more.

Test your food safety knowledge with interactive quizzes on Trivia Time


Educational and Other Resources for Sharing

At-Risk Populations

In addition to older adults and those with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, infants and children younger than five years are at greater risk of foodborne illness. This makes safe food handling especially important for them.

The Food Safety Booklet for Pregnant Women, Their Unborn Babies, and Children Under Five (in English and Spanish) helps explain why and provides real-world advice on how to lower the risk of foodborne illness.

The Food Safety for Moms-to-Be main page (also available in Spanish) provides easy-to-understand information on this topic for women before they’re pregnant as well as during and after pregnancy.

Recipes and Meal Planning

Need some holiday food inspiration? Check out recipes on SNAP-Ed’s Healthy Thrifty Holiday Meals.

Looking to Cure Home Cooking Fatigue? Look through the Safe Recipe Cookbook with recipes for different occasions that take 30 minutes or less and incorporate food safety prompts into the recipe steps.

Want to know what’s in season? Find out with the Seasonal Produce Guide.

Ready to shop? Download shopping lists for perishable and non-perishable foods as well as other items to ensure safe food practices.

Food Shopping, Storage and Preparation

Keep everyone safe while shopping for food during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

Keep everyone in the home food safe by following four simple steps - Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill – as well as these other tips:

General Food Safety Tips for the Holidays that includes pregnancy-specific advice and a downloadable infographic on the dangers of soft cheeses.

Why you should never wash meat or poultry and other important tips, such as how to avoid cross contamination, how to thaw foods properly and more available via videos.

7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits and Vegetables

Maximize the freshness and quality of food and beverages with proper storage, made easier with the help of FoodKeeper - available as a webpage and mobile application for Android and Apple devices.


Kids’ Table

To encourage developing safe food habits at an early, families can use Kid’s Games and Activities such as Bac Drop – a fill-in-the-blank story template, Scrub Club – an interactive website that teaches children the proper way to wash their hands, coloring pages, activity sheets and placemats as well as kid-friendly recipes. Use the Download Center to find other child-friendly materials including a word game (type "word" into the search box) and a handwashing song.

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Developed by: Partnership for Food Safety Education
HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
HHS, Food and Drug Administration
USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service