Food Safety & Nutrition

Basket of grapesClemson Extension agents with primary food safety & nutrition responsibilities work closely with state extension specialists and researchers located on campus and at the various research and education centers located across the state. They provide expertise in topics ranging from safe food-handling training for individuals, restaurants and commercial food processors to prevent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses to nutrition, obesity prevention, chronic disease risk reduction, and special dietary considerations for individuals and families throughout the lifespan.

In addition, 20 EFNEP Nutrition Educator Assistants (NEAs) deliver education programs that help children, youth and young families with limited resources develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior needed to improve their diet, physical activity levels, and become better managers of their food dollars. Food Safety, nutrition, diet and health information can be found at Clemson University’s Home and Garden Information Center and the Nutrition Information and Resource Center.

Local Agent

Christine J. Patrick, MS, 803-584-4207 Ext 114,



County Projects:

  • Allendale County Hospital’s Health Fair
  • Harter Nursing Center

South Carolina Family and Community Leaders Projects:

  • Making a Difference for Children in Foster Care (MAD)
  • FCL Yards and Neighborhoods


The mission of South Carolina Family and Community Leaders is to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities through fellowship, education, and service.
New members are always welcome. The clubs in Allendale County are:

  • Barton-Buddenville FCL Club – meets 3rd  Wednesday of each month
  • Fairfax Morning FCL Club – meets 4th  Wednesday of each month
  • Shady Grove FCL Club – meets 4th  Wednesday of each month
Call the Clemson Extension office at 803-584-4207 ext. 114 if you are interested in joining a club

Visit the South Carolina Family and Community Leaders website


Educational programming for groups, on nutrition and food safety:


ServSafe® is a food safety program developed by the National Restaurant Association and taught by certified instructors.  In Allendale, the ServSafe® program is taught by the Clemson University Extension Service.  Programs can be taught at an employer’s facility or at the local Extension office.  Class times can be scheduled to accommodate the employer’s request.

ServSafe® covers these topics as related to food service establishments:

  • Personal Hygiene and Proper Handwashing Procedures
  • Using Thermometers Properly
  • Receiving and Storing Food Shipments
  • Preparing and Serving Safe Food
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing Your Facility

For more information, visit the ServSafe® page or email Christine Patrick at

Color Me Healthy

Color Me Healthy is a program designed to reach children ages four and five. It provides fun, innovative, interactive learning opportunities on physical activity and healthy eating. The program is designed to stimulate all of the senses of young children: touch, smell, sight, sound, and, of course, taste. Color Me Healthy uses color, music, and exploration of the senses to teach children that healthy food and physical activity are fun!
If you are interested in learning more about Color Me Healthy, contact Christine Patrick at or call 803-245-2661 ext 112


The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service recommends that dial-gauge pressure canners should be tested annually for accuracy. Call your local Extension office to set up an appointment to have your canner tested. The cost for this service is $5.00. It is not necessary to test a weighted-gauge pressure canner. 

Visit the statewide Food Safety & Nutrition website.