Extension Master Food Volunteer Program – 2023 Applications Now Available

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volunteers preparing food and helping with exercise classesHave a passion for food, nutrition, and wellness? Enjoy helping others?

If yes, then learn more about our newest volunteer program, the Extension Master Food Volunteer Program (EMFVP)! Similar to the highly recognized Extension Master Volunteer Program, it is designed to provide opportunities for volunteers to be a part of Extension’s food-related workshops and activities.

2023 Training Program

  • Dates & Time:  Tuesdays, October 3rd  – November 28th | 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Location:  Lucile Tatum Center – 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC

Why become a Extension Master Food Volunteer?

Benefits to you include:

  • Gain cooking and knife skills
  • Receive nutrition and food safety training
  • Participate in day trips to area food processing plants and research facilities
  • Make connections to our local food system
  • Meet new people who share your interest in food and nutrition – locally and statewide
  • Be a part of N.C. Cooperative Extension’s food, nutrition, and wellness workshops in Gaston County
  • Make a difference throughout your community

EMFVP Opportunities

  • Conduct cooking demos at farmers markets, churches, and other community locations
  • Assist with physical activity and home canning workshops
  • Provide educational outreach at health fairs and community festivals
  • Assist with Extension youth-based nutrition and cooking workshops
  • Help develop a local foods learning center

EMFVP Requirements

  • 30-hrs educational training
  • 30-hrs “shadowing” an agent
  • 20-hrs volunteer service annually
  • 10-hrs continuing education annually

Training and continuing education provided through the Extension Master Food Volunteer Program. Learning activities conducted by Extension’s registered dietitian, Linda J. Minges.

Registration Process

  1. Contact Extension agent, Linda J. Minges (phone:  704.922.2127) for complete details to determine if this program is right for you.
  2. Complete Volunteer Application Form and mail or drop-off to:  N.C. Cooperative Extension, PO Box 1578, Attn:  Linda J. Minges, Gastonia, NC 28053.
  3. Complete the EMFVP training (30-hrs).
  4. Cost: $40 (valued over $1,000). Scholarships available upon request.