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Master Food Volunteer


FST-76NP (FST-430NP)

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H. Lester Schonberger, Senior Research Associate, Department of Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech

Master Food Volunteer Program

Combine your love of cooking, nutrition, physical activity, and helping others by becoming a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Food Volunteer.

The Master Food Volunteer Program helps Extension reach more Virginians with up-to-date, research-based knowledge on food preparation, nutrition, food safety, and physical activity.

Who Can Become A Volunteer

Anyone who has an interest in food preparation, nutrition, food safety, or physical activity can apply. Applicants should possess a desire to enhance their skills and knowledge and enjoy working with people. There is no prior educational requirement for those interested in becoming a Master Food Volunteer.

Opportunities for Service:

Volunteers help support Extension’s family and consumer sciences agents through education and outreach efforts. There is something for everyone!

  • Health fairs
  • Food demonstrations
  • Women, Infants, and Children’s Program (WIC)
  • Farmers market displays
  • Grocery store displays
  • 4-H youth programs
  • Judge at fairs
  • Newspaper or newsletter articles on healthy eating, physical activity, and food preparation
  • In-school and after-school programs
  • Assist with education at food distribution sites
  • Health ministries in your community
  • Cooking classes

What Is Expected?

  • Apply for and complete the mandatory 30-hour Master Food Volunteer training course
  • To help support program costs and materials, a fee is required to participate in the training.
  • Identify volunteer opportunities that suit your skills and interests
  • Reciprocate with 30-hours of service within one year of training

Training Includes:

  • Basic Nutrition
  • Meal Planning
  • Cooking Techniques
  • Food Safety
  • Exercise and Healthy Lifestyles
  • Working with Diverse Audiences

What Participants Are Saying:

“I really enjoyed the interactive activities, including group activities. I am a hands-on person and learn best from seeing and doing.”

“[I learned about] all of the community programs that are out there through the Extension program that we could be of service in, especially helping low-income families.”

“This was an excellent review of all the topics each of us should have learned at our mothers knees---that doesn’t happen in this day and age.”

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Publication Date

October 4, 2022