AKRON -- The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank has been ranked in the top 5 percent of the nation's foodbanks after passing a food safety audit.
The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is one of 10 nationwide to receive a score higher than 900 on a 1,000 point scale by the American Institute of Baking International's (AIB) audit.
The AIB audit, which is completely voluntary, evaluates high standards of sanitation in food processing and handling establishments.
"This successful audit means we have among the highest standards of food safety certification in the country, and not just in the food bank industry," Dan Flowers, President and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank stated. "This AIB rating is the gold standard of food safety programs. The importance of the Foodbank's mission compels us to this level of diligence."
The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank says it has experienced exponential growth, increasing from a distribution of 12.9 million pounds of food in 2007 to 20.6 million pounds in 2012. With more than 5,000 volunteers and a network of more than 500 member agencies, the number of people handling food and the volume of food passing through the facility is greater than it has ever been.
"Few of the member agencies that rely on the Foodbank for food have the capacity to achieve this high degree of food safety certification," added Flowers. "However the Foodbank is doing everything in our power to ensure that food is safe on their behalf."
Last month, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank was the sole benefactor of the 10th annual Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump in which more than $80,000 was raised.
Photos: Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump 2013