Linn & Benton County Master Food Preserver Program

We need you as a volunteer!

Your community will benefit as you learn and share.

The Master Food Preserver program trains and certifies volunteers in food safety, food preservation, and food security. In return for over 42 hours of training volunteers “pay back” hours by assisting others in learning correct food handling and preservation procedures.

Classes are taught by OSU Extension faculty, specialists, and local experts. The program offers a basic, practical course in food safety, food preservation, and food security. Classes include:

  • Food selection and storage
  • Food safety issues
  • Jams, jellies, pickling
  • Canning fruits, vegetables, meats
  • Dehydrating
  • Using a pressure canner
  • Cheese making
  • Use of emergency foods
  • Emergency preparedness

Who can become a Master Food Preserver Volunteer?

Anyone who is interested in healthy food and is able to commit to a 42 hour training program AND volunteer at least 42 hours during the food preservation season. Cost of the training (includes materials) is $75.00. Reduced fees are available on a needs basis.

 What do Master Food Preservers Do?

They serve as a resource of information on food safety, preservation, and preparing healthy food for families in the community. They may conduct workshops, demonstrate cooking techniques, staff information booths, test pressure canner gauges or assist in a variety of ways in the local office and community.

 Benefits of the Program

  • Receive complete training in all phases of home food preservation
  • Receive up-to-date information on food safety
  • Receive current information on nutrition
  • Develop skills in working with people
  • Receive ongoing training
  • Become a member of a dynamic team of volunteers and have fun
  • Contribute to your community

Interested in Applying to the MFP Program or Have Other Questions?

Please call Janice Gregg or Leonor Chavez at the Linn County Extension Office 541-967-3871.