Kent and Sussex Cooperative Extension offer Master Food Educator training

Have you ever heard of the Master Gardener program?  While the Master Gardeners offer information about best practices in gardening, the Master Food Educator program is for individuals who have an interest in nutrition, food preparation, health, wellness and the education of youth and adults.  Whether you are a foods or nutrition professional or an individual without professional training  Delaware Cooperative Extension educators will provide participants with the information and training needed to help  expand the nutrition education efforts of University of Delaware Cooperative Extension.  The volunteers work in local communities and with organizations assisting with the ongoing initiatives of our organization.

Since the inception of the program in New Castle County, Master Food Educators have staffed educational displays at locations such as the Delaware State Fair, Ag Day, health fairs and expos at schools and businesses.  Additionally, Master Food educators have assisted with or conducted workshops or demonstrations on topics such as food safety, foods selection/preparation, nutrition and diet and stretching your food dollar.  They have also offered school based educational program and assisted with the development of new educational resources.

Registrations are now being accepted from individuals who are interested in becoming Master Food Educators. Training for volunteers from Kent and Sussex County will be offered Tuesdays and Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting on Tuesday, Jan. 29 through March 7, 2013. It is open to the public without regard to race, color, sex, handicap, age or national origin.  The training is free in exchange for a commitment of 40 hours of volunteer outreach in the community. Programs will also be offered in Newark for New Castle County residents.

Courses are open to the public without regard to race, color, sex, handicap, age or national origin. The Master Food Educator program provides participants 30 hours of training in the areas of nutrition, diet, health, food safety, food selection and preparation. Cooperative Extension is looking to those who would be willing to take the course and then volunteer 40 hours of time over the next year. Volunteers can choose how they give back time but suggestions might include assisting with the presentation of workshops such as Dining with Diabetes, Eat Smart for a Healthy Heart, Stretching Your Food Dollar and others or participating in other public programs sponsored by Cooperative Extension.

Individuals who are interested in nutrition, diet and health issues, want to learn, would enjoy working with and helping others or want to be affiliated with a professional organization are perfect candidates for this program.  Applications must be received by January 18, 2013. Classes will be conducted at UD’s Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown.

For more information about this training and to obtain an application please contact:

Kent County – Kathleen Splane (302) 730-4000 or,

Sussex County – Anne Camasso  (302) 856-7303.

Information and the application are also available on the Master Food Educator Volunteer Program website: http://extension.udel.edu/fcs/master-food-educator-volunteer-program/

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