Extension Master Food Volunteer Course Begins March 2024

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2024 Volunteer Course for Extension Master Food Volunteer Program

What is the Extension Master Food Volunteer Program?

The Extension Master Food Volunteer (EMF) Program is NC State Extension’s newest state-wide volunteer program designed to support food, nutrition, and wellness activities offered by the Family & Consumer Science Agent. Volunteers complete a 30-hour training course, 30-hour shadowing experience, 20 annual service hours, and 10 annual continuing education hours. The program is designed to provide these benefits to EMF Volunteers:

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

What does being an Extension Master Food Volunteer look like?

EMF Volunteers conduct and help with activities throughout our community such as:

  • Conducting cooking demos at farmers markets, churches, and other community locations
  • Assist with home canning workshops
  • Provide educational outreach at health fairs and community festivals
  • Participate in Extension workshops
  • Assist with Extension youth-based nutrition and cooking workshops

How can I become an Extension Master Food  Volunteer?

  1. Contact Family & Consumer Science (FCS) Agent, Linda J. Minges, for complete details to determine if this program is right for you: linda_minges@ncsu.edu or 704.922.2127.
  2. Complete application form (available online and by mail) and submit to FCS Agent.
  3. Complete informal interview with FCS Agent to determine if this is the right program for you.
  4. Complete the EMFVP training (30-hrs; cost:  $40) scheduled for Thursdays, March 7 – May 2, 2024 from 2-4 p.m. Workshop will be held at the Lucile Tatum Ctr., 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC.