Polk County Extension
Family and Consumer Sciences

Polk Master Food & Nutrition Volunteer Program 


Thank you for your interest in the Polk Master Food & Nutrition Volunteer (MFNV) Program!

We are excited to announce and congratulate the first class of the Polk MFNV!


Where Might You Meet a MFN Volunteer?

·       Staffing or assisting in exhibits (Community fairs, health events, etc.)

·    Teaching nutrition classes (using FCS Agent-approved lesson plans and materials) to a variety of audiences including but not limited to, youth, older adults, working individuals, or limited resources audiences

·    Conducting supermarket nutrition tours

·    Assisting with special events, e.g., AgriFest or Polk County Youth Fair

·    Assisting with the development of educational fact sheets or newsletter articles

·    Contributing to online articles/content

·    Answering consumer calls at the Polk County Extension office regarding a variety of topics such as food preparation, food safety, or nutrition

·    Assisting with the Polk County Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

·    Assisting in any FCS programming (youth camps, cooking classes, etc.)

·    Judging at youth food events or adult food events

Who are the volunteers?

Florida Master Food & Nutrition Volunteers are people who:

·         Have an interest in foods and nutrition

·    Wish to contribute to their community

·    Believe in continuing education

·    Want to be affiliated with the Extension services

·    Want to meet other volunteers

·    Enjoy a challenge

·    Have a desire to help other people


What are the requirements of MFNVs?

·        Attend a 10 week, 40 hour initial training program and graduate with a written exam

·    Attend a minimum of 10 hours of continued training hours throughout the year

·    Commit to donating at least 40 hours of service per year back to the community

·   Have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent

·    Be able and willing to travel to training sites, Extension related events, and classes, at personal expense

·    Share their expertise at Polk MFNV and FCS program and events as well as the potential to contribute to overall UF/IFAS Extension events


What does the 10 week, 40 hour training consist of?

Basic training will be provided to cover topics such as: dietary guidelines for children, adults, and the elderly; macronutrients/micronutrients and understanding the nutritional value of foods; food metabolism, digestion, and absorption and how food is used in the body; and basic food safety. This program will equip you with basic knowledge to understand foods and the importance of a nutritious diet. After the training, volunteers will use science-based University of Florida resources and curricula to provide direct education in the community.


How do I apply?

No trainings are scheduled at this time.

We thank you for your interest. Please contact Andrea Nikolai for more information.


Andrea Nikolai, Family Youth and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent

Contact Information
  • Andrea Nikolai
          Extension Agent II       Family and Consumer Sciences
  • PO Box 9005,
    Drawer HS03
    Bartow, FL 33831-9005
  • Phone: (863) 519-1072
  • Email: andreanikolai@ufl.edu
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