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Volunteering with the Nutrition Team

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Here are some ways you can help!


Healthy Gardens

Healthy gardens (2)


We partner with schools and communities to provide garden-based education. This is an opportunity to experience fresh vegetables first hand – from seeding gardens to picking the produce – and is accompanied by classroom lessons and discussion. In the Central Sierra, the UC CalFresh program collaborates with local volunteers, UCCE master gardeners, and 4-H to extend garden-based learning efforts and create youth leadership and engagement opportunities.  

Healthy Schools


Direct education (DE) is delivery of evidence based curricula in school classrooms and community centers by UC CalFresh nutrition educators or by “extenders” such as teachers, afterschool instructors or community educators. Extenders are offered ongoing training and technical assistance by UC CalFresh educators. UC CalFresh identifies opportunities to move programs from individual/group education and intervention strategies to comprehensive interventions that can positively affect community health.


Healthy Activity 

Healthy moving

Healthy activity is integrate in all counties by UC CalFresh trained PA Leads. Visual and hardscape reinforcements such as stencils and murals create an environment that promotes movement and play. UC CalFresh partners with Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Global Foundation, Fuel Up to Play 60 and others to provide resources in schools, build capacity, and explore ways youth can have the greatest opportunity to be physically active in educational settings.


Volunteer Program Information

  • Complete initial screening 
  • Complete training 
  • Need reliable transportation
  • Age 18 or older
  • Flexible scheduling available
  • Continuing education provided




Interested in applying?

Contact Cristina Luquin at cnluquin@ucanr.edu regarding volunteer opportunities.