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Marais des Cygnes District

MdC District Paola Office

Miami County
913 N Pearl, Suite 1
Paola, KS 66071
913-294-4306 office
913-294-4301 fax
Office Hours:
8-4:30pm M-F

Kathy Goul, FCS Agent-

Karla Hightower, 4-H Agent-

Katelyn Barthol, ANR Agent-

linn office

Linn County
115 S. 6th St.
P.O. Box 160
Mound City, KS 66056
913-795-2829 office
913-294-4301 fax
Office Hours:
8-4:30pm M-F

Franny Eastwood, FCS Agent -

Abbie Powell, 4-H, ANR &
District Director- abbie2@ksu.edu

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Our Extension Master Food Volunteers

If you would like to be considered for the next Class for Master Food Volunteer training, please inquire about an application.  Contact Franny Eastwood at fmeastwoo@ksu.edu or 913-795-2829 with questions about the program.

MFV Flyer 2024

MFV Brochure

Master Food Volunteer Application 2024
(applications due by Dec 1, 2023)

Who is a Master Food Volunteer?

A Master Food Volunteer is a volunteer trained by university-based nutritionists, registered dietitians, food scientists and culinary experts and becomes certified in research-based  food safety and healthy living concepts.  They, in turn, give voluntary service for a variety of projects that utilize their training.

Volunteers come from all walks of life and are all ages, male and female, new mothers and retirees, rural residents and suburbanites. 

Our volunteer opportunities are endless! Cooking demonstrations, teaching classes to adults and children, or writing informative articles that help
improve people's lives - these are just a few of the opportunities available!  Whatever your interests, there is a place for you in the Marais des Cygnes District Extension Master Food Volunteer program!

What happens after training is complete?

Following basic training, MFVs are required to volunteer 40 hours of service in the activity of their choosing for their first year as an MFV. After that first year, all volunteers are required to volunteer 20 hours of service and continue their education with 10 hours of advanced training annually.

What does a Master Food Volunteer do?

* Monthly Knowledge @ Noon

* Programs for all ages

* Diabetes nutrition classes

* Holiday cooking/Gifts from the Kitchen

* Extension-sponsored programs (Ag Day, Kansas Day, Mom's Club, 4-H Food day, Fair- Learning Corners and food preservation are a few)

* Local media outreach such as newspaper columns, health fair display and more.

State Extension Master Food Volunteers information

Master Food Volunteers in Action!

Ag Day September 2016

Educational Tours

Gingerbread House Making 2016

Kansas Day 2016 - Viola Lee & Janet Rhea

Kansas Day Viola Lee, Janet Rhea











National Festival of Breads Manhattan June 2017 -
Karen Brown & Gayle Plummer

Karen and Gayle at National Festival of Breads in Manhattan June 2017

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Miami County Extension was a pilot county for the state of Kansas and the nation for this innovative Extension program in 2002.  There are currently 10 trained Extension Master Food Volunteers serving the
Marais des Cygnes District.

2023 - Kim Wensman & Judy Welter

2017 - Gayle Plummer

2013 - Debi Doering,

2012 - Rae Coffelt

2011 - Beverly Burke & Barbara Wilson

2007 - Cheryl Sigel

2006 - Jerri Hefling & Mary Ann Maisch