Food Service Worker Volunteer Card
The MCESD Food Service Worker Volunteer Card is a card issued to individuals of an eligible non-profit
organization and schools that submit a Fee Waiver Application and are granted a fee waiver for the Food Service Worker Card.
How do I apply for a fee waiver for a Food Service Worker Volunteer Card?
A waiver of fee may be granted only to the operator of an establishment, which maintains a current 501(c)(3)
tax exempt designations from the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, who demonstrates to the Board of Health
that payment - of said fee will cause financial hardship.
Environmental Health Code Ch. 1, Reg. 5(a)
- The organization must be a nonprofit establishment holding a current 501(c)(3)
- The organization must provide relief solely for the poor, distressed or underprivileged
- The organization must demonstrate that payment of permit fee will cause financial hardship.
The following must be submitted to Environmental Services Department before the Board of Health can approve or deny fee waiver.
- A completed Fee Waiver Application, available at http://esd.maricopa.gov
- A copy of the organization’s current 501(c)(3)
- A copy of the organization’s current federal tax form 990 or yearly financial statement.
How can I use Food Service Worker Volunteer Card?
The Volunteer Card is intended to be used only in the establishment that was approved for the fee waiver and cannot be duplicated
or transferred to any other establishment. If an individual of this establishment needs a regular Food Service Worker Card for another establishment
for employment, they will need to take the test at any of our Regional Offices. The fee for the test will be $8.00, $5.00 for 1st card and $3.00 for
any additional cards. Test results from the Food Service Worker Volunteer Card cannot be used to obtain a regular Food Service Worker Card.
Do I still have to take a test to get the Food Service Worker Volunteer Card?
Yes. The granted fee waiver will only cover the cost of testing and card provided by MCESD. This fee waiver is not transferrable to
any other organization or division. You must be prepared to test at the schedule testing time for your establishment in which fee waiver was granted.
A refresher Food Safety Video and Hand Washing Video will be provided with a follow up discussion of Food Code changes for the first hour. You will then
have an hour to take a 40 multiple choice question test and must get at least 32 out of 40 to pass. Study Guides are available in English, Spanish and
Chinese on our website at http://www.maricopa.gov/EnvSvc/EnvHealth/SpecProg/FoodWorker/StudyGuides.aspx.
Do I need to show Lawful presence to obtain the Food Service Worker Volunteer Card?
Yes. Individuals are required to provide proof of lawful presence prior to receiving their Food Service Worker Volunteer Card. All
forms of identification are required to have a photo or accompanied with U.S. government issued photo identification.
Fee Waiver application is available at:
Study guides are available at:
List of Lawful Presence Identification.