Archive for Thursday, January 6, 2011

Extension series to train Master Food volunteers

January 6, 2011

If you enjoy food, love to cook, are interested in nutrition, and want to “master” your culinary skills while enhancing the nutritional status of your community, then the Master Food Volunteer Program is for you.

K-State Research and Extension is again offering the Extension Master Food Volunteer training that will begin in February. The Master Food Volunteer Program provides a foundation of knowledge to volunteers in the areas of food safety, science, preparation and preservation.

Modeled after the Extension Master Gardener program, volunteers will receive approximately 40 hours of training in food science, nutrition, food preparation, and food safety principles. These classes will be taught by K-State Extension specialists, county extension agents and area resource persons, including Nancy O’Connor, director of education and outreach at the Community Mercantile in Lawrence. Training format will include lecture, field trips, demonstrations and hands-on learning. Training sessions will be held at the Douglas County Extension Office in Lawrence.

The Master Food Volunteer Training 2011 for Leavenworth, Douglas and Shawnee county residents will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays starting Feb. 17 through April 14. Applications can be picked up at the Leavenworth County Extension Office at 613 Holiday Plaza in Lansing or downloaded online at

Applications are due by Feb. 4. There is an $80 registration fee to cover educational resources and teaching supplies.

Master Food Volunteer classes for Johnson and Wyandotte county residents will be Wednesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 16-March 10 in Room 1060 at the Johnson County K-State Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe.

Applications for the Johnson and Wyandotte county classes are due Jan. 20 and are available online at or at either county’s Extension Office. The fee is $75.

Once the classes are completed, volunteers will have the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge in their community.

If you meet the following requirements, you are encouraged to apply:

• Possess a broad interest in foods and nutrition.

• Committed to donating at least 40 hours of approved service back to your community.

• Have at least a high school diploma or equivalent.

• Able to read and comprehend the Master Food Volunteer notebook and supporting materials.

• Have reliable transportation to attend trainings and volunteer activities.

• Support the research-based educational programs of K-State Research and Extension and the Master Food Volunteer Program.


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