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Extension Master Food Volunteers Extension Master Food Volunteers sitting outside under the pavillion

An Extension Master Food Volunteer (EMFV) is a volunteer trained by university-based nutritionists, registered dietitians, food scientists and culinary experts and becomes certified in research-based food safety and healthy living concepts. They, in turn, give voluntary service for a variety of projects that utilize their training.

Our mission
Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Food Volunteers have a passion to improve the health, food safety awareness and quality of life of Johnson County residents by providing current, research-based information to the public. The organization embodies the education objectives of the Johnson County Extension Council cooperating with Kansas State University and the United States Department of Agriculture.

What do Extension Master Food Volunteers do?Training to become Extension Master Food Volunteers. Cooking

  • Teach nutrition/cooking classes to youth and adults (lead or assist)
    • Kids in the Kitchen
    • Festive Vegetarian Dishes
    • The DASH Diet
    • Intro to Whole Grains
    • Intro to Fish
    • Pie Baking 101
    • Stews - Cozy Comfort in a Pot
    • Food Preservation Classes
  • Cooking demos at farmers’ markets, food pantries, health fairs, local businesses
  • School Nutrition and Healthy Hands Program

Why become an Extension Master Food Volunteer? Extension Master Food Volunteers out to dinner together for a field trip

  • Increase your knowledge about health, wellness, cooking techniques and food safety
  • Make new and interesting friends
  • Serve the community in new and exciting ways
  • Share your passion for health and food with others
  • Access to free or discounted EMFV cooking, nutrition and fitness classes

Who can apply?
Any resident of Johnson County, Kansas, age 18 or over with a high school diploma (or equivalent), who has an interest in health and food safety can apply.

2017 Training dates are on Wednesdays and Thursdays

  • Feb. 15, 16, 22, 23 and Mar. 1, 2, 8, 9
    • (Snow make-up dates: Mar.8 and 9)
  • Students must attend all 8 classes
  • All classes are from 9a– 4p
  • Training fee is $75 (covers all class materials, apron, name tag and food purchases)

What you'll learnExtension Master Food Volunteers cutting tomatoes

  • Classes in the training include:
    • Basic Nutrition
    • Food Safety
    • Cooking Techniques
    • Meal Planning
    • Food Labels
    • Knife Skills
    • Preparing Fruits & Vegetables
    • Protein Basics
    • Fish
    • Soy & Legumes
    • Grain Foods
    • Preparing Desserts & Sweets
    • Dairy & Eggs
    • Food Preservation (home canning, dehydrating and freezing)

What happens after training is completed? Extension Master Food Volunteer with cooking camp kids
Following basic training, EMFVs are required to volunteer 40 hours of service in the activity of their choosing for their first year as an EMFV. After that first year, all volunteers are required to volunteer 20 hours of service and continue their education with 10 hours of advanced training annually.




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Johnson County Extension Master Food Volunteer Class of 2017

If you would like to be considered for the Class of 2017 training, please fill out and submit an application. Application deadline: January 13, 2017

or contact Crystal Futrell at crystal.futrell@jocogov.org

 

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