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Food for Thought: Be a MFV

By Nancy Schuster, Frontier Extension Agent

Food for ThoughtFrontier Extension District is now taking applications for a K-State Research & Extension program Master Food Volunteers. An easy way to explain the Master Food program is that it is like the Master Gardener program only with food!

Master Food Volunteers must like people, have a love for food and/or nutrition and a desire to share with others, be a resident of Frontier District – Anderson, Osage, and Franklin counties, and have a high school diploma, equivalent or higher education.

Volunteers are expected to attend all eight full-day training sessions. Master Food Volunteer training will be held in Johnson County. Extension agent Nancy Schuster will be available to meet volunteers and drive to Olathe and the K-State Research & Extension Johnson County office for training.

Fees associated with the Master Food Volunteer training are $75, due with application, and checks will be held until start of classes. Although the $75 might sound steep, this will cover the cost of a large three-ring binder full of information, an apron, a professional name tag, and teaching supplies for the hands-on training opportunities. Training dates for 2015 are Feb. 18, 19, 25 and 26, and March 4, 5, 11 and 12,with March 18 and 19 saved for snow dates.

Some of the activities that Master Food Volunteers have been involved in are writing news columns, demonstrating bread making, presenting Knowledge @ Noon programs on a wide variety of projects, organizing workshops like canning, working with youth groups in cooking projects, manning booths at health fairs, and presenting programs to church groups or other organizations. Each Master Food Volunteer will work with a county Extension agent to plan how they would like to give the required 40 hours of volunteer time back to the county they live in. Master Food Volunteers do not become Master Food Volunteers until they have completed 40 hours of volunteer service.

Master Food Volunteer applications are available from each of the three Frontier District offices and at Application deadline is Dec. 30, 2014. For more information, call the Garnett office at 785-448-6826.

schustersmNancy Schuster is a Frontier Extension District family and consumer science agent whose responsibilities include providing information about food safety, nutrition, food science and food preparation. She is based in the Garnett office of the Frontier Extension District and can be reached at 785-448-6826 or email [email protected].

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