This month’s team spotlight is on Tammie McCombs in Nutrition Services! Her role involves marketing Nutrition Services in our schools and facilitating programs such as the after school and summer meal programs. In addition, she oversees field trip nutrition needs and writing grants for Nutrition Services.
Tammie has been with Redmond School District for six years. She and her family moved to Central Oregon from the Bay Area 16 years ago, seeking a better place to raise a family.
What do you enjoy most or find most rewarding about your role?
There is something special about feeding people. It is incredibly rewarding to make a connection with kids through that most basic nurturing aspect. When I see kids get excited over our new menu offerings, it’s amazing!
What accomplishments are you most proud of and what goals do you have for Nutrition Services in the future?
This year I was honored to be able to organize our first ever Celebrity Breakfast event series in celebration of National School Breakfast Week. We brought local celebrities like Alicia Inns of KTVZ, Mayor George Endicott and our very own Superintendent McIntosh to three elementary schools during breakfast. The celebrities were able to meet the kids, sign autographs and talk about the importance of eating breakfast. I’m also proud of the work we’ve done to open salad bars at each high school and the promotions that we held in order to get kids engaged about the healthy options.
Lastly, our department has really improved participation in the summer meals program. This last summer we were able to serve hot meals, which is something we haven’t done for a very long time. We served 14,885 lunches this summer, which is a whopping 47% increase over our numbers from 2013. It is rewarding to know that kids who need warm, nutritious meals are able to access them because of our district.
It is my goal to really get out into schools to do more promotions and events that involve students. We also recently applied for a Farm to School grant with COIC that would provide hot and cold bar equipment to allow us to serve more locally grown foods.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Redmond School District is a fantastic place to work, filled with dedicated, hard-working people. I especially appreciate our awesome Nutrition team who inspire me with their dedication and creativity each and every day.
JB Demaris, Director of Support Services, shares,
“Tammie brings an incredible level of enthusiasm, positivity and creativity to Nutrition Services. She never fails to take the initiative and is always ready to step up to help when needed. Our district is a better place because of her dedication and support to our students.”
Thank you, Tammie, for your dedication and for making a difference in the lives of our students!