Master Food Educators accepting applications for winter 2014 session

December 2, 2013 in New Castle County, New Castle County Slideshow

Be a part of one of Delaware’s fastest growing volunteer forces! Become a Master Food Educator!

Master Food Educators Tom and Kris present "Do You Do Dairy?" at a local elementary school

Master Food Educators Tom and Kris present “Do You Do Dairy?” at a local elementary school

Many people have heard about Extension’s Master Gardener program. While the Master Gardeners offer information about best practices in gardening, similarly,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, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension educators will provide participants with the information and training needed to help expand the nutrition education efforts UD. The volunteers work in local communities and with organizations assisting with the ongoing initiatives of our organization.

Since the inception of the program in Delaware, 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 for the newest Master Food Educator Training courses are now open. Winter 2014 training includes 14 weeks of Extension expert training beginning January 28 through March 23. Programs will be offered in Newark (for New Castle County residents) and in Dover (for Kent and Sussex County residents). Hear what current Master Food Educators say the program, and volunteering in Delaware means to them. We’d love to have you join this great Extension team of volunteers:

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 17, 2014.

Courses are open to the public without regard to race, color, sex, handicap, age or national origin. This 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.