UMaine Extension Eat Well program seeks volunteers

Debra Spurling, Eat Well community education assistant; and Joan Clark, Eat Well volunteer from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, demonstrate recipes and hand out vegetables to recipients at the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Ellsworth.
Debra Spurling, Eat Well community education assistant; and Joan Clark, Eat Well volunteer from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, demonstrate recipes and hand out vegetables to recipients at the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Ellsworth.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is seeking volunteers for its Eat Well program in Hancock County. Fifteen hours of hands-on training are scheduled 1–4 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 5, 12 and 19; and Dec. 3 and 10 at the UMaine Extension office, 63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth.

Participants will be trained to teach others about food preparation, safety and nutrition. After completing the training, volunteers will provide 30 hours of community service teaching clients at a local food pantry or community meal site. UMaine Extension will provide the lesson plans and materials to use at the sites. Volunteer community outreach will occur weekly from January through April 2016.

Training fee is $60; limited financial assistance and payment plans are available. Deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 30. For more information, or to request an application or disability accommodation, call the Hancock County Extension office at 667.8212 or email sue.baez@maine.edu. More information is available online.