UC Master Food Preserver Program
University of California
UC Master Food Preserver Program


Since the creation of the first UC Master Food Preserver Program in 1982, certified UC Master Food Preserver Volunteers have shared their knowledge and passion for food safety and preservation with local communities, donating more than a quarter million hours of volunteer service. Through our commitment to our mission of extending research based information to the public, the UC Master Food Preserver Program is creating a healthier California.

Making a Difference in Your Community

UC Master Food Preservers strive for healthier communities. We teach community members about preventing food spoilage and food borne illnesses, reducing food waste, increasing food security, creating pantry staples to incorporate into meals throughout the year, preserving low-salt and low-sugar foods, and creating delicious meals. We give residents the skills and knowledge to make a difference in their everyday food usage.

UC Master Food Preservers increase science literacy through on-line and hands-on classes, encouraging community members to explore preserved food options, learn new skills and make healthier food choices.

Annual Appeal: Support for Today

The UC Master Food Preserver Program would not thrive without the generous support of community members like you. Support the positive impacts across California of the UC Master Food Preserver Program by making a charitable contribution to the Annual Fund.

Your donations will increase our capacity to deliver more hands-on learning opportunities, workshops and online programming, as well as outreach at Farmers Markets, County Fairs, and local Food Banks.

Download our 2021 Annual Appeal letter for examples of our community work.

Ways to Give

The UC Master Food Preserver Program is under the umbrella of The Regents of the University of California a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and our taxpayer identification number is 32-0633073.

Thank you for considering a gift, below are several ways you can help the UC Master Food Preserver Program flourish for future generations.

Contact us!
Phone: (530) 750-1307
E-mail:  kdscott@ucanr.edu

Outright Gifts

Online Giving - The UC Master Food Preserver Program online giving website is a safe, secure way to make gifts using your credit card. To make a gift in honor or memory of someone, complete the online form with their information.  Please provide the honoree’s or survivor’s name and address so that we can send the appropriate acknowledgment.

Giving by Mail - Mail checks made payable to the UC Master Food Preserver Program to the address below. Remember to include your full name and address so your gift can be appropriately acknowledged and a receipt can be mailed.

University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources 
Attn: UC Master Food Preserver Program 
2801 Second Street 
Davis, CA 95618

Matching Gifts

Double and even triple your gift to the UC Master Food Preserver Program. Many employers match charitable contributions made by their employees. If your company does match gifts, please request a gift matching form from your human resources office and include the form with your gift to the UC Master Food Preserver Program.

Planned Giving and Bequests

There are a variety of planned gift options that will allow you to meet your philanthropic and financial goals.  You can make a significant impact by supporting the UC Master Food Preserver Program through your estate plans, for instance by making a bequest. Donors may also establish income-producing gifts such as charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts, which benefit them during their lifetimes with up-front income tax savings and often at a higher return.

Stock and Appreciated Securities

Avoid capital gains tax and claim a federal tax charitable deduction for the full appreciated value of long-term (held more than 1 year) securities (stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares). In order to qualify, gifts must be transferred directly from your brokerage account to the Regents of the University of California. Please contact Kelly Scott for more information. 

Real Estate/Personal Property

Gifts of tangible property or other assets that represent value may offer you tax benefits while also enabling you to support our program. Examples include real estate, equipment, collections, and artwork. If you have a gift of this kind, please contact Kelly Scott at kdscott@ucanr.edu or (530) 750-1307.

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