Maine DOE Team member Stephanie Stambach is being highlighted this week as part of the Get to Know the Maine DOE Team Campaign. Learn a little more about Stephanie in this brief question and answer.
What are your roles with DOE?
As part of the Child Nutrition team, I conduct Administrative Reviews of School Nutrition Programs across the state, and also provide training and technical assistance to schools. I oversee the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), which is a program that provides fresh produce to elementary and middle schools at no cost. I am involved with awarding schools, assisting with program operations, and providing support as needed. I am also involved in Farm to School work where I coordinate and promote the annual Farm to School Cook-off with my team, and help to coordinate other projects that promote local foods in schools with our Farm and Sea to School Coordinator.
What do you like best about your job?
I really enjoy working with our school nutrition heroes to troubleshoot and find solutions to problems and challenges. I like to take something that seems difficult and break it down so that it is less daunting. Every day I am amazed by the dedication of our school nutrition professionals and their work in feeding the children of Maine! I also work with a great team in Child Nutrition so I am grateful for that.
How or why did you decide on this career?
This is actually a career I never thought existed. I started off as a dietetic intern with DOE in the fall of 2010 and a position opened up in the spring so I took it! At the time I didn’t realize that school nutrition would become a passion of mine and realize the positive impact that school meals have on children and their families. During the pandemic it has become even more apparent the impact that school nutrition programs have in their communities and the tireless work that school nutrition staff do every day.
What do you like to do outside of work for fun?
I enjoy hiking and camping with my family and some of my favorite places are Moosehead Lake and Acadia National Park. One of my other favorite activities is exploring the lighthouses of Maine. My 2.5 year old daughter also keeps me active on a daily basis!