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Become a Master Food Preserver

The Master Food Preserver (MFP) program is a public-service community outreach program providing up-to-date information on food safety and food preservation.  A Master Food Preserver is a volunteer who is formally educated in food preservation and food safety and is certified by a university cooperative extension. Volunteers are qualified to teach food preservation and food safety in addition to disseminating that information via lectures, presentations, and other county events.

Volunteer Training in 2021

Important Dates
Would you like to volunteer with the UC Master Food Preservers of Orange County and give back to the community by participating in MFPOC-scheduled events? We are training new volunteers in a combination online/in-person group training this year.
Online training will be 18 Fridays, 2 hours (2pm-4pm), March 5 - August 13, 2021. Hands-on labs will be scheduled when in-person activities resume. The training cost, including books and lab materials is $225. Additional cost for live-scan fingerprinting.

Who is Eligible: Orange County residents who are comfortable using a computer & accessing the internet. Class lessons, quizzes and homework will be online; class commuinication, via email.

The Process:
Step 1 - Reserve a spot and attend a one hour-long online information session where you'll learn about the purpose of the UC Master Food Preserver Program, volunteer involvement and requirements, the training program dates and activities, and the application process. After the information meeting if you feel this is a volunteer organization that fits with your schedule and priorities, we'd love to have you apply for the 2021 training program. Register online to attend a training information meetings or to receive a link to a recorded meeting:

Attendance or viewing recording of the information meeting is a mandatory prerequisite to applying! 
Step 2a - Complete and submit the online Application by end of day Sunday, Feb 7, 2021.
Step 2b - Participate in a video Interview, if scheduled.

Step 3 - Applicants will be notified of application/interview results.
If accepted for training, the $225 course fee is due Feb. 22Online Training begins Friday, March 5, 2021 2PM-4PM and runs through August 13th, 2021. Hands-on labs to be schedule. Fingerprint Forms are due April 2, 2021. Questions? Contact us.

Winter 2019 MFP Class