Employee of the Week: Walter Beesley

Maine DOE’s Director of Child Nutrition, Walter Beesley is being highlighted this week as the Maine DOE’s Employee of the Week! Learn a little more about Walter in this brief question and answer:

What are your roles with DOE?

I work with several Food and Nutrition Services USDA programs.  They include USDA Food Program for schools, National School Lunch/Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program and the newly acquired Child and Adult Care Food Program.  This includes several hunger related projects/committees all related to the best interest of Maine children.

What do you like best about your job?

The job is great because I work with a number of people to help Maine children and the job is constantly changing.  We at Child Nutrition have an excellent team which makes the job so much more enjoyable.

How or why did you decide on this career? 

I worked for years in the restaurant side of food service but as my family grew I wanted to spend time with them so switched to School Food Service, which was a great move.

What do you like to do outside of work for fun? 

When not working, I enjoy camping with my wife and grandchildren, traveling and doing woodworking projects.  My six grandchildren keep me busy and entertained, they span from one entering college, entering high school and youngest entering kindergarten.