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Master Food VolunteersWyandotte County Master Food Volunteers, left to right, B.J. Abdou, Maureen Birdsong, Martha Shuler, Pat Crim, and Pat Callaghan are involved in ways to extend the nutrition and health messages of K-State Extension in the community. Wyandotte County served as a pilot county 12 years ago and today this small, but committed, group of volunteers remain active. Not in the photo was Dottie Castleberry. (Photo from K-State Extension, Wyandotte County office)
Master Food Volunteers
Wyandotte County Master Food Volunteers were honored recently for their years of service to the community.
They were presented with certificates honoring their service to K-State Extension here and to the community, said Lori Wuellner, Wyandotte County Extension agent, for Family and Consumer Sciences.
The volunteers have been working for 12 years to provide research-based information on food and nutrition to the community, Wuellner said.
Volunteers attend health fairs, staff displays, present programs on nutrition at the Keeler Women’s Center, and at the libraries, including the Bonner Springs City Library, plus other outreach events.
“They’re really an asset in getting the information out,” Wuellner said.
Master Food Volunteers take 40 hours of training provided through Extension and state specialists.
“We can’t have enough volunteers,” Wuellner said. Sometimes there aren’t enough volunteers to fill all the requests.
In October, the Wyandotte County volunteers will begin collaborating with Leavenworth County Master Food Volunteers in joint efforts to present the “Dining with Diabetes” program, she said.
“It’s a new venture, working across county lines with another county to present programs,” Wuellner said.