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 2018 - Fridays, April 6, 13, 20 & 27, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, applications due February 23

Training location:
Pennino Building 10th floor kitchen
12011 Government Center Parkway Ste 1050
Fairfax, VA 22035-1111

Fee of $100 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:
    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. 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. 

Jennifer Abel
Arlington County and Alexandria City

Katie Strong
Fairfax County and Arlington County

Van Do
Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax County, and Loudoun County

Spring 2018 Training Dates
April 6, 13, 20 & 27
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Applications due February 23

Training Location
Pennino Building
10th floor kitchen
12011 Government Center Parkway Ste 1050
Fairfax, VA 22035-1111