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Become a Master Food Preserver

Who can be a MFP Volunteer?Cougar Canning Volunteer circular logo.

Any Benton or Franklin county resident, eighteen years of age or older, interested in food safety/preservation that is able to commit to a 30+ hour training program and volunteer at least 50 hours of time conducting outreach education.

How do you become a MFP Volunteer?

Submit a registration form to our office at 7102 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 102, Kennewick, WA 99336 before orientation begins. After orientation, applicants pay the class fee and complete the training program. Upon completion of the course, an open-book certification exam is given and those passing are recognized as MFP volunteers for the coming program year.

What benefits do MFPs receive from the program?

MFP volunteers are provided training, plus a packet of resource materials. Class instruction is appropriate for people with differing educational backgrounds and food preservation experience. After training, volunteers continue to receive update information on the latest research in the area of food safety/preservation. Through their experiences, volunteers develop skills in working with people, public speaking, and building self-confidence in addition to increasing their expertise in food safety/preservation.

How long am I committed to the program?

Although only 50 hours are required as payback during one year, it is hoped that MFP volunteers commit for more than one season. We have several volunteers who have been with the program three to five years. Each year additional training is provided and continual update information is given to volunteers. Volunteers are required to re-certify each year.

How do I register?

Applications are available at the WSU Benton County Extension office, 7102 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 102, Kennewick, WA 99336 or you can print it below. For more information call Lizann Powers-Hammond, Extension Faculty at (509) 735-3551 or by email at:  Applications are due by Tuesday, April 16, 2019.



Program Contact:

Lizann Powers Hammond
7102 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 102, Kennewick, WA 99336