Master Food Preserver Program
Master Food Preservers are trained and certified volunteers who assist OSU Extension Service in their efforts to provide up-to-date food safety and preservation information to Oregonians. After a comprehensive, hands-on training, volunteers serve as a local community resource providing food preservation information to community members.
In addition to an intensive required training course, MFPs complete 20-40 hours of service annually by conducting community education, outreach, and organizing. Types of volunteer service might include:
- Supporting food preservation workshops taught by Extension faculty
- Answering consumer questions about food safety on our hotline
- Working with gleaning groups to reduce food waste on local farms
- Helping a cultural organization to access and preserve traditional foods
- Volunteering in a food pantry to talk with clients about cooking with unfamiliar foods