The Lincoln County Jail recently awarded its 200th Oregon Food Handler’s Card to a member of the Culinary Work Crew.
Since 2012, inmates working in the kitchen have been given the opportunity to study for and take the Oregon Food Handler’s test. Upon passing the test, inmate workers are given a copy of their earned Oregon Food Handler’s card. When released, this card is a valuable asset in attaining full-time employment in the community.
The cost of the card and testing is $10, however, the funds used to pay for the card comes from the revenue of the inmate commissary purchases so there is no cost to the taxpayers of Lincoln County. Several inmates have taken the experience they gained while working in a high volume, commercial kitchen at the Lincoln County Jail, and sought employment with service and hospitality businesses in our community.