Archive for Tuesday, January 4, 2011

K-State’s Master Food Volunteer training starts in February

January 4, 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 subject areas of food safety, food science, food preparation, and food 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 counties 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 from the Leavenworth County Extension Office website at: leavenworth.ksu.edu.

Applications are due by Feb. 4, 2011. There is an $80 registration fee to cover educational resources and teaching supplies.

Once 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. 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 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, contact Denise Sullivan at (913) 364-5700.

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