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Extension Master Food Volunteer Program

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About the Program

The Extension Master Food Volunteer (EMFV) program provides citizens with an opportunity to extend the work of N.C. Cooperative Extension by providing unbiased, research-based information on food systems, cooking, and food safety to our community. Under the guidance of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Extension Agents, volunteers complete a 30-hour training and service and earn the status of Extension Master Food Volunteer. Watch a short video here.

Who Can Become a Volunteer?

Anyone who has an interest in food preparation, food systems, nutrition, or food safety can apply. Ideal candidates will possess a desire to enhance their skills, increase their knowledge, and enjoy working with people.

What is Expected?

  1. Complete the EMFV application process, including references and background check.
  2. Complete the mandatory 30-hour EMFV training program.
  3. Communicate volunteer opportunities that suit your skills and interests to your agent.
  4. Contribute 30-hours of service including shadowing within the first year of service.
  5. The cost of the program is $30.

Opportunities for Service

  • Health fairs
  • Food/Cooking demonstrations
  • Farmers market displays
  • In-school and after-school programs
  • 4-H youth programs
  • Newspaper or newsletter articles on healthy living
  • Health ministries in your community
  • Cooking classes and more!

Topics Covered in Training:

  • Program Management
  • Food Safety & Preservation
  • Nutrition Basics
  • Cooking Techniques
  • Food Systems
  • Diversity, Inclusion, Equity
  • Cooking Demonstrations

Did you miss our interest meeting? You can watch the 20 minute video here to learn all about the Extension Master Food Volunteer Program. Find the syllabus here for the Zoom link, as well as information about what to expect for the 2022 training.

For additional information contact Sydney Knowles at sydney_knowles@ncsu.edu.