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

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 and wellness, assisting with Extension nutrition programs for youth and adults, and much more!

Extension offers spring and fall training sessions for new Master Food Volunteers in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax. 

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

Spring 2020 training - Fridays, March 13, 20, 27, and April 3, 2020,  9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Snow date: April 17.

Application deadline: TBA

Training location:
Pennino Building
10th floor kitchen
12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035-1111

Fee of $120 will cover lunches, training materials, apron, tote bag, and supplies.

  1. Download and complete the Master Food Volunteer Application.
  2. Return the completed application by the application deadline.
    By email:
  3. Applicants will be interviewed to determine their interest and availability. Applicants will complete a criminal background screening, which is required for all VCE volunteers.  
  4. Payment is due two weeks prior to the first class day. 

Katie Strong
Fairfax County

Aisha Salazar
Alexandria City & Arlington County

Spring 2020 Training Dates:
March 13, 20, 27, & April 3, 2020
(Snow Day April 17, 2020)
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Deadline to apply is January 24, 2020.

Spring Training Location:
Pennino Building
10th floor kitchen
12011 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035-1111

Spring Training is now full and there is a wait list for Arlington/Alexandria applicants for the spring training.

People may begin submitting applications for the fall training which will be held in Arlington.