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?
10 week, 40 hour initial training program and graduate with a
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
and willing to travel to training sites, Extension related events,
and classes , at personal expense
, 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
MPH, RDN, LDN Extension Agent II Family and Consumer Sciences
- PO Box 9005,
Bartow, FL 33831-9005
- Phone: (863) 519-1072
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Nutrition Guide
- Nutritious Recipes from MyPlate (USDA)
- ChooseMyPlate.gov (USDA)
- Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences
- EFNEP - Expanded Food and Nutrition Program
- Family & Consumer Issues
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