IOWA CITY, IOWA (August 19, 2020) — Goodwill of the Heartland is offering people the opportunity to gain an industry-recognized credential and a competitive edge in the restaurant and food service industry with its free online ServSafe Food Handler Certification.

The course will be offered via Zoom September 8th–18. In week one, the online classes will take place Tuesday–Friday, 2-4PM each day. In week two, the online classes will take place Monday–Friday, 2-4PM each day. Classes will utilize an activity and video-based approach to present, practice, and apply the ServSafe content. Completion of this 18-hour training will prepare participants to successfully pass the ServSafe Food Handler exam.

Ensuring food safety is more important now than ever before as COVID-19 remains a prevalent public health issue. The ServSafe Food Handler Certification is administered by the US National Restaurant Association and is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the Conference for Food Protection Standards.

Course topics include cleaning and sanitizing, controlling time and temperature, preventing cross-contamination, personal hygiene and more. Participants will also receive help with their job search skills and have the chance to do a virtual job shadow.

To register, or for more information on the ServSafe Food Handler Certification program or other industry-recognized occupational skills training programs offered by Goodwill of the Heartland, visit and complete the contact form, or call Amy Winslow at 319-248-4651.

About Goodwill of the Heartland

The mission of Goodwill of the Heartland is to advance the social and economic well-being of people who experience barriers to independence. Goodwill offers life and job skill development, work experience, job placement assistance, day habilitation, supported community living, workforce services to employers, and contract manufacturing, assembly, and packaging. In 2019, Goodwill provided more than 20,000 services to people with barriers in its 19-county service area. For more information, including retail, donation and service locations, please visit or call toll free 1-866-466-7881.

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