Master Food Volunteer Trainings in 2014

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Virginia Cooperative Extension is looking for qualified applicants to become Master Food Volunteers!  

Participants receive 30 hours of training over four days:

  • Basic nutrition
  • Meal planning
  • Cooking techniques
  • Food safety
  • Working with diverse audiences

At the end of the training, participants are equipped with the knowledge and skills to confidently help others improve their lives through balanced eating and healthy living. In return, participants commit to 30 hours of volunteer service within one year of the training.

Opportunities for service include health fair displays, food demonstrations at farmers' markets, teaching food safety classes, submitting articles to the media on nutrition on wellness, assisting Extension nutrition programs for youth and adults, and much more!


Training Dates and Locations

Extension is offering two training sessions for new Master Food Volunteers in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William. The first training will begin March 7 in Arlington, and the second training will begin October 3 in Fairfax. 

Participants are required to attend all four training dates and complete homework to fulfill the 30-hour training requirement.

Fridays, March 7, 14, 21, and 28, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Applications due January 15, 2014

Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford Street
Arlington, VA 22206


Fridays, October 3, 10, 17, and 24, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Applications due August 15, 2014

Fairfax County Pennino Building
12011 Government Center Pkwy, 10th Floor Kitchen
Fairfax, VA 22035

Download a 2014 training brochure

Training Cost

Fee of $90 will cover lunches, training materials, apron, tote bag, and supplies.


A limited number of scholarships are available. Recipients commit the bulk of their volunteer hours to programs in the county providing the scholarship. 

Arlington County: Complete this scholarship form and submit it along with your application

Fairfax County: Contact Katie Strong for opportunities in Fairfax. 


How to Apply

1. Download and complete the Master Food Volunteer Application.

2. Return the completed application by January 15 (spring Arlington training) or August 15 (fall Fairfax training). 

By email: and


By mail:

Virginia Cooperative Extension Arlington Office
Attn: Jennifer Abel and Katie Strong
3308 S. Stafford St.
Arlington, VA 22206

3. Applicants will be interviewed to determine their interest and availability. 

4. Payment is due on the first day of class. 

Contact your local FCS Agents with questions:

Jennifer Abel

Arlington County and Alexandria City



Nancy Stegon

Prince William County



Katie Strong

Fairfax County and Arlington County