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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Knowledge for Life: You can become a food master at extension class

  • If you enjoy food, love to cook, are interested in nutrition, and want to "master" your culinary skills while enhancing the nutritional status of our community, then the Master Food Volunteer Program might just be for you.


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  • If you enjoy food, love to cook, are interested in nutrition, and want to "master" your culinary skills while enhancing the nutritional status of our community, then the Master Food Volunteer Program might just be for you. K-State Research and Extension in Leavenworth, Douglas and Shawnee counties are offering Extension Master Food Volunteer training that will be held weekly in June.
    The Master Food Volunteer Program provides a foundation of knowledge to volunteers in the subject areas of basic nutrition, food safety, food science, food preparation, and food preservation. Similar to the Extension Master Gardener program, volunteers will receive approximately 25 hours of training in food science, nutrition, food preparation principles, and food safety. These classes will be taught by Extension staff with expertise in nutrition and food safety and area resource persons, including Nancy O'Connor, director of education and outreach at the Community Mercantile in Lawrence. Training format will include lecture, field trips, demonstrations and hands-on learning. Training sessions will be held at the Douglas County Extension Office in Lawrence.
    The Master Food Volunteer Training 2012 will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 6, 13, 20, 27. Applications can be picked up at the county extension office located at 613 Holiday Plaza or downloaded from the Leavenworth County Extension Office website at: www.leavenworth.ksu.edu
     
    There is a $50 registration fee to cover educational resources and teaching supplies.
     
    Once completed, volunteers will have the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge in their community. Our Master Food Volunteers in Leavenworth County have worked on a variety of activities, including monthly food demonstrations at the Leavenworth Farmers Market, Knowledge @ Noon sessions at the Leavenworth Public Library, educational booths at various community festivals and Kids in the Kitchen cooking sessions for youth. More trained volunteers will result in the increased capacity to provide local educational opportunities.    
    If you meet the following requirements, you are encouraged to apply:
    • Possess a broad interest in foods and nutrition.
    • Committed to donating at least 30 hours of approved service back to your community.
    • Have at least a high school diploma or equivalent.
    • Able to read and comprehend the Master Food Volunteer notebook and supporting materials.
     
    Those interested in learning more about the MFV training can contact Denise Sullivan at the Leavenworth County Extension Office, 913-364-5700. An informational brochure and application can be obtained at the Leavenworth County Extension Office, 613 Holiday Plaza in Lansing or downloaded from the Leavenworth County Extension website at:   www.leavenworth.ksu.edu.
     

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