Archive for Thursday, May 15, 2008

Master Food Volunteer training classes to be offered

May 15, 2008

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, the Master Food Volunteer Program is for you.

K-State Research and Extension in Leavenworth, Douglas and Shawnee counties are again offering Extension Master Food Volunteer training in June. The Master Food Volunteer Program provides a foundation of knowledge to volunteers in the subject areas of food safety, food science, food preparation and food preservation.

Similar to the Extension Master Gardener program, volunteers will receive approximately 40 hours of training in food science, nutrition, food preparation principles and food safety. These classes will be taught by K-State Extension nutrition and food safety 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 at the Douglas County Extension Office in Lawrence.

The Master Food Volunteer Training 2008 for Leavenworth, Douglas and Shawnee counties will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26. Applications can be picked up at the county extension office at 500 Eisenhower Road or downloaded from the Leavenworth County Extension Office Web site, leavenworth.ksu.edu.

Applications are due by May 20. There is a $75 registration fee to cover educational resources and teaching supplies.

Once the course is completed, volunteers will have the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge in their community. Projects include providing food demonstrations or cooking classes for adults and children, nutrition displays at health fairs or community festivals, answering a holiday food hotline or offering specialty food preparation workshops, just to name a few.

Following are the requirements for the volunteer-training class:

¢ 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 and from trainings and volunteer activities.

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

For more information, in Leavenworth County call Denise Sullivan at (913) 250-2300, in Lawrence call Susan Krumm at (785) 843-7058 or in Shawnee County call Lisa Martin at (785) 232-0062.±

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