Training starts March 17 for Master Food Volunteer Program
A Virginia Master Food Volunteer is passionate and knowledgeable about food, cooking, and nutrition, and absolutely loves sharing that passion with others. Does that sound like you? Apply today to join the program, or find out more at the optional information session on March 6.
This is the second year the Master Food Volunteer program is available in the Rockbridge area, thanks to a partnership between the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and Live Healthy Rockbridge Kids (an initiative of Rockbridge Area Community Services). There is a fee of $40 for the classes, which begin March 17.
The Master Food Volunteer program trains individuals to make a difference in their communities through their love of food and commitment to wellness. No specific level of knowledge is necessary to enroll. The hands-on training program is based on research and requires a minimum of 30 hours of classes and activities.
Master Food Volunteers commit to serving for 30 or more hours annually after successfully completing their training, by presenting programs on food, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles within their communities. The opportunities are as varied as the volunteers: options include health fair displays, food demonstrations, school gardening, food safety classes, writing articles on nutrition and wellness, and more.
“Being an MFV is such a great opportunity to give a little of my time and share healthy eating options with kids and adults,” comments Amy Judge, who completed her training last year. “One of my greatest “Wow!” moments so far was watching kids’ eyes widen as together we scooped 17 teaspoons of sugar into a cup so they could visualize the amount of sugar in a canned soda. Another highlight was seeing the generosity of this community when I picked up and delivered over 900 pounds of canned food from a school fund drive.”
The Training Program
Classroom training will take place the week of March 17–24 at the VCE office in Lexington. Class meets from 9 am to 4 pm on the two Saturdays, March 17 and 24, and from 9 am to 1:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (March 19, 21, and 23). A series of dynamic speakers will engage topics such as recipes for teens and families, food safety, basic nutrition, meal planning, and nutritional needs of the Rockbridge Area. Participants will do a lot more than listen to presentations; there will be lots of hands-on learning including preparation of fun and tasty recipes and a tour of a farmers’ market.
At the end of the week and after undergoing a background check, volunteers earn their certification and are matched with service opportunities.
The $40 registration fee covers lunches, training materials, and the background check. Limited scholarships and online training options are available.
Learn More or Apply
An optional, free information meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 6 from 10 to 11 am in the VCE second floor conference room at 150 South Main Street, Lexington, VA 24450.
To learn more or apply, click here or contact Rebecca Wilder, Rockbridge’s Family and Consumer Science Extension SNAP-Ed Agent, at (540) 463-4734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.