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Posted on: January 29, 2024

Cooperative Extension’s Master Food Volunteer Program Accepting Applications

Food Nutrition

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. – If you have a passion for food, nutrition and wellness, and you enjoy helping others, then you’ll want to learn more about North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s newest volunteer opportunity, the Extension Master Food Volunteer Program. This program is like the highly recognized Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program and is designed to provide volunteers the opportunity to support Extension’s education activities and workshops.

The 2024 Extension Master Food Volunteer Course is scheduled for Thursdays, March 7th – May 2nd from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. All sessions will be held at the Lucile Tatum Center, located at 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC. The cost of the program is $40 and includes program materials, notebooks, and refreshments. A scholarship application is available upon request.

Through this program, volunteers will gain cooking and knife skills, receive nutrition and food safety training from North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T University, participate in day trips to area food research and processing facilities, and more. After training, volunteers will be able to conduct cooking demonstrations, assist with Extension workshops like home canning, provide educational outreach at health fairs and community festivals, and help with other activities.

The Extension’s registered dietitian, Linda J. Minges, will provide the training and continuing education for the Extension Master Food Volunteer Program. To learn more about the requirements for the program and to apply for the 2024 class, please email Linda Minges or call 704-922-2127.


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