America’s diet-related illness crisis intersects with a lack of nutrition literacy, nutrition security, and systemic inequities. The Cooperative Extension Service’s (CES) national infrastructure could potentially provide equitable access to quality nutrition education in the US utilizing a Master Food Volunteer (MFV) model. This research brief examined preliminary evidence for the MFV model as a support for CES agents and paraprofessionals, and results show a paucity of evidence. Further research and a pilot program with pre-established measures for health-related knowledge and behaviors could elucidate the model’s potential to increase equitable access to evidence-based programming, nutrition, and implementation guidance.
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Viera, S., & Haynes-Maslow, L. (2023). Revisiting the Master Food Volunteer Program: Examining how to enhance nutrition education in the United States. The Journal of Extension, 61(2), Article 17. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.61.02.17
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