Food Service Office
Children represent the largest population
segment of our society experiencing hunger.
Mix in thousands of homeless children caused by Hurricane Ivan and you
have the recipe for severe hunger in our county. We all know hungry children
have a harder time learning in school, shorter attention span and suffer more
absences due to illnesses. Debbie
Martin has tirelessly worked to make sure our counties children are fed. Debbie
unstintingly provides supervision and guidance to assist parents and schools in
providing food for over 25,000 children in our school district.
She has worked extremely long days under immense pressure with numerous
agencies to qualify over 2,000 school children for free school meals for
the rest of this school year because they were left homeless by the devastation
of Hurricane Ivan.
I am extremely proud to nominate an
expert in Child Nutrition Programs who is trustworthy and honest as the day is
long. Debbie Martin is a
cornerstone of our program and a significant reason for its success.
Letter of Nomination
It is my distinct honor to present our
department’s nominee. Debbie
Martin has an ownership mentality in all she does.
She is so dedicated that hours and days of work don’t matter as long as
the job gets done. Versatility,
enthusiasm and ceaseless energy are but a few of our nominees’ assets.
This year alone, she:
® Volunteered to distribute Thanksgiving turkeys to over 200
needy department employees.
® Volunteered to distribute Christmas pies to over 200 needy
® Raised coworker morale by decorating the department work area
Instrumental in promoting our third annual “open house” inter-department
goodwill and fellowship by providing 12 days of food and drink for everyone
during the Christmas season.
Every second, every minute, every hour,
every day, every week, every month over the last six years Debbie exemplifies
why Santa Rosa County Schools are the best in the state.
Debbie works impeccably with complex programs that have intense federal
and state oversight. Error in these programs has significant financial
penalties. We commonly say, we all make mistakes, not Debbie.
After painstaking reviews of thousands of documents by state and federal
auditors, she passed with zero errors.
Our programs did not just happen
overnight or even during the past decade. They
have a long history of more than a hundred years of development, of testing and
evaluating, and of constant research and change to provide the best in
nutrition, nutrition education, and food service for the nation’s millions of
children in school. Debbie has a
plan, not just a dream on how to apply those programs to feed hungry
children in Santa Rosa County.
Hurricane Ivan left thousands homeless.
Debbie cut through jurisdictional lines, added clarity to confusion and provided
clear communication on how to feed over 2,000 hungry children free for the rest
of this school year.
Debbie goes the extra mile to make sure
the families of over 25,000 Santa Rosa School Children understand free and
reduced meal policies and if qualified take full advantage. She lead an effort
to make sure appropriate application translation was available for non-English
speaking populations. Applications
are now available on the WEB in Spanish. Over 115,510 recipients and 56,388
families are on temporary assistance for needy families in the state of Florida.
She provides personal follow-up to Santa Rosa households that do not
respond to a verification request to make sure if there is a need, they receive
Martin has won the respect from peers, employees and the school community.
Her interpersonal skills are exemplary.
Her dress and demeanor are above reproach.
I am blessed to work with her.