Kitchen Managment Team
Kitchen Use Policy
The Imani Hospitality Ministry recognizes many groups and individuals of our church will use the kitchen as a support for their auxiliaries and ministries--No one ministry is more important than another.
The procedures established for the use of the kitchen reflect requirements to meet Riverside County standards for health and safety and to maintain licensure as a commercial kitchen. It is imperative everyone follow the rules and guidelines.
Care of Equipment
- Manuals with complete use and care instructions for all kitchen equipment are housed on site and available if needed.
- If and when repairs are needed on any equipment, The Imani Hospitality Ministry President must be notified. Please do not attempt to make repairs on your own.
- If purchase of new items is needed, submit a request to The Imani Hospitality Ministry President for submission to the appropriate Imani Division Leader.
- DO NOT BRING OR DONATE HOME ITEMS TO THE CHURCH KITCHEN unless approved. (Donated or outside equipment can often be inappropriate in design for safety and health standards for a commercial kitchen).
- Church owned utensils and equipment are not to be removed from the church kitchen or Fellowship Hall.
- The Imani Hospitality Ministry will monitor the kitchen and fellowship hall after each use. Should the areas not be organized or cleaned you will be asked to reorganize and/or re-clean the area (or in the case of non-church sponsored activity you will forfeit your deposit).
- Misuse of the kitchen or fellowship hall may lead to a group or individual forfeiting their right to use these areas in the future.
- Everyone who uses the kitchen will fill out a “Kitchen Use Log”. It is a checklist of procedures to follow in equipment use, cleanup, etc., as described in the Kitchen Policy. Kitchen Use Log sheets are available from The Imani Hospitality Ministry’s President or designee. Please sign and return the log to The Imani Hospitality Ministry’s President or designee when your event is completed.
Guidelines for Kitchen Use
To reduce the risk of a food-borne illness as well as to protect personal safety and comply with Riverside County Health Regulations the following guidelines must be implemented when using the kitchen:
- The kitchen will not be used as a building entrance and exit for general purposes, but only for related activities for a scheduled kitchen event.
- Only the assigned helpers are permitted to be in the kitchen.
- No children under the age of 16 may be in the kitchen unless they are an assigned helper and are under the direct supervision of an adult.
- All assigned helpers must wash their hands in the designated hand washing sinks following the procedures posted above the sink before starting to work.
- Gloves must be worn during all phases of food preparation as well as when arranging ready-to-eat food for serving.
- Hair coverings, caps or bandanas are required for men and women while in the kitchen.
- The compartment sink is for dishwashing and food preparation only.
- The use of the refrigerator and freezer are reserved for the activities scheduled in the kitchen.
- All stainless steel kitchen carts are to be used only for food service purposes.
- All foods prepared for an event must be either consumed at the time of the event or should be distributed among the people using the kitchen or taken home by the event holder. There may also be identified charities and other organizations that extra foods may be delivered to for use. No leftover food items are to be left in the refrigerator, freezer, counters, cupboards, or pantry without prior approval from The Imani Temple Hospitality Ministry President.
Guidelines for Cleanup
NOTHING IS TO BE LEFT IN/ON
THE SINKS, TABLES, FLOORS, OR COUNTERS.
- Sinks, counters, tabletops, equipment, etc. must be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after use. Cleaning instructions are posted for all areas of the kitchen.
- All dishes, utensils, pans, etc. are to be cleaned, air dried and put back in the appropriate storage space.
- Any food spills in refrigerator, freezer, microwave, stove, oven or warming ovens must be cleaned thoroughly using the appropriate cleaner and method as described on the cleaning instructions posted.
- Floors in fellowship hall, kitchen, and all used areas, should be swept clean, mopped, sanitized, buckets washed out; mop heads rinsed, squeezed dry and hung to dry on the outside mop rack. The mop bucket should be returned to the Imani utility room.
- Empty bucket wastewaters into designated area. Cleaning or rinsing of mops or custodial equipment in any kitchen sink is against health codes and therefore not permitted.
- All trash must be properly bagged and placed in exterior dumpster. New bags should be replaced in all emptied trash containers in the kitchen, fellowship hall, and all used areas.
- Used towels and dishcloths should be processed as designated by The Imani Hospitality Ministry’s President or designee.
- Tablecloths and skirting; first shake loose dirt outside and process appropriately.
Kitchen Use Log
Designated ministry representative for The Imani Hospitality Ministry’s caterer, or event holder must sign Kitchen Use Log verifying that all food handling and cleanup procedures have been followed.
Violations of Standards or Breakages
If the kitchen or Fellowship Hall is left in an unacceptable condition after use by any ministry, member, non-member, or non-profit, a verbal warning will be issued. A second incident will result in a written warning to the person and/or the ministry leader. A third violation can terminate the person’s and/or organization’s right to use the kitchen.
Any damage, abuse or loss occurring during an event must be recorded on an incident report and given to The Imani Hospitality Ministry’s President or designee. The Imani Board of Directors will determine restitution, if necessary for the damages. Generally, the organization or event group will be charged for the replacement of missing or broken items.
Final Word: Real Servants are Self-Forgetful
It is hoped that those who serve in The Imani Hospitality Ministry will focus on others, not themselves. This is true humility: not thinking less of ourselves but thinking of ourselves less. Paul said, Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. This is what it means to "lose your life"- forgetting yourself in service to others. When we stop focusing on our needs, we become aware of the needs around us!
God bless and thank each of
you for the willingness to serve!
“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others,
faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength that God provides.”
1 Peter 4:9-11