Master Food Volunteer training will be conducted for those who love cooking, learning about nutrition and wellness, and are interested in helping others. This training is being held on four Tuesdays, Sept. 18 – Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Virginia State University Virginia Cooperative Extension building. An informational meeting for those who are interested in learning more will be held Thursday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m. The deadline to register for the informational session is Thursday, Aug. 2.
The Master Food Volunteer Program is modeled after the Master Gardener Program of Extension. Volunteers in the Master Food Volunteer Program receive 30 hours of training in basic nutrition, meal planning, healthy cooking techniques, and food safety, with an opportunity to sample delicious recipes. In exchange, they are asked to complete 30 hours of volunteering within one year. The $65 fee for the class includes educational materials, continental breakfast and a participant-prepared lunch each day of the training.
Volunteer opportunities include food demonstrations and displays at health fairs or farmers markets, food preparation and food safety classes, and assisting with nutrition education programs.
For more information and to register for training, contact Linda Jackson Cole, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, at (804) 751-4401.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices or other accommodations to participate in any of these activities, call 751- 4401 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event. *TDD (800) 828-1120.
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