The Illuminating Agricultural Extension and Education Career Opportunities for STEM and Liberal Arts Undergraduate Students program results from a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The program will focus on food safety, health, and food preservation in Appalachia and Senegal. The undergraduate students will be selected from Virginia Tech and Tennessee State University to participate in the program. The IACEAO initiative was implemented to combat food insecurities in the communities and provide service-learning opportunities for students wanting to go into extension work.