OFG VIP Program

Join the Official Food Geek VIP program today! This program is a flexible way to serve as an IFTSA volunteer throughout the year, on your own schedule. Registration for new members is always open. Spread the word about IFTSA and you will have the opportunity to build your resume, meet students from around the world, as well as earn some IFTSA swag.

How does it work?

Sign up. Get involved. Earn points.

Whether you have volunteered with IFTSA for a few years, or you are just getting started, the OFG VIPs are the group the IFTSA turns to first. In addition to earning swag, you will learn about what is new with IFTSA first just by signing up. Point opportunities will range in time commitment, from sharing posts via social media to generating blog posts for the IFTSA blog, Science Meets Food.

Points = Status. Status = Swag. Earn gear that is exclusive for OFG VIPs.

VIP Status Tiers

  • Member: 50 points – Popsockets
  • Bronze OFG VIP: 250 points – Water bottle
  • Silver OFG VIP: 500 points – Padfolio
  • Gold OFG VIP: 750 points – Backpack
  • Platinum OFG VIP: 1,000 points – OFG VIP pin

Points reset each year on September 1.

For more information on the OFG VIP program, contact [email protected].

Sign up now!

  • Reserved spots to volunteer onsite at the IFT20 Annual Event (top 2 members by point value. Members may not receive more than one travel scholarship from IFT or IFTSA.)
  • Exclusive first access to upcoming programs and other IFT volunteer opportunities
  • OFG VIP of the Month

Other opportunities for OFG VIPs

  • Resume strengthening
  • Network development
  • IFTSA volunteer experience

Participation in IFTSA’s OFG VIP ambassador program is open to any IFT student member.

Student members must opt into the program by signing up here. Once you have signed-up, we will contact you with your VIP member number. Be sure to use the email that is linked to your google drive account. You can begin to earn points after completing different opportunities throughout the year. Members must simply add their point earning opportunities to a google sheet to receive credit for their work. Attendance of at least two quarterly calls during the year is necessary. Quarterly calls will include information regarding upcoming IFTSA events and activities, platform for question and answers with the IFTSA President, recognition of volunteer of the month, etc.

  • OFG VIP sign-up (50 points)
  • New member recruited to IFT (100 points per new IFT member)
  • Blog post published in Science Meets Food (50 points per post)
  • Quarterly virtual OFG VIP call participation (25 points per call)
  • Joining IFT Connect OFG VIP Group (10 points)
  • IFTSA social media posts tagging IFTSA (at least 3 posts on Facebook or Instagram) (10 points per month)
  • IFT Connect post in IFTSA group discussion with a maximum of 3/month (10 points per post)
  • IFTSA Global Summit participation (25 points)
  • OFG VIP survey completion (15 points per survey)
  • IFT Division student leadership position (50 points per semester)
  • IFT Division student member (10 points per division – max 3)
  • IFT Section student leadership position (50 points per year)
  • Section event attendance (10 points per event)
  • Feeding Tomorrow student volunteer (50 points per semester)
  • 10-minute OFG VIP Presentation to student group about student membership (50 points per presentation)
  • IFTSA Chapter Leader/Executive Board member (60 points per year)
  • IFTSA task force/committee member/appointed position member (50 points per opportunity)
  • IFTSA Area Meeting Chair or Competition Chair (60 points per term)
  • IFTSA Board of Directors Member (60 points per term)
  • Contribute to a community outreach event involving the science of food – could include volunteering at a table, presenting, welcoming guests, etc. (50 points per event)
  • IFTSA competition submission (30 points per competition – for team competitions, name must appear on the team roster)
  • Reward points for status from previous year (Platinum = 150 points, Gold = 100 points, Silver = 50 points, Bronze = 25 points)
  • Scientific/research-based oral or poster presentation (excluding student competitions) at IFT annual meeting (30 points per presentation)
  • Involved in IFT/IFTSA in a different way? Suggest another opportunity for points!

Points will be assessed during the first week of each month and prizes will be sent out quarterly. Points reset each year on September 1.

For questions regarding IFTSA social media platforms please contact Bryan Le, IFTSA VP of Digital and Social Media.

For questions regarding divisions, sections, or any other volunteer role please contact Amy Clarke Sievers.