Tami Robinson has held the title of Blackfoot School District's child nutrition supervisor for over 20 years but she is the first one to say, "I am not an 'official' nutritionist. People keep calling me a nutritionist, but my education only goes as far as high school."
Robinson claims that it was through hard word and dedication that she excelled in her job, earning her the title of nutrition supervisor. As Robinson prepares to retire in just a few weeks, she reflects on a rewarding career with the district's lunch program that began when she started as a substitute cook back in 1983.
Robinson, who is from Nampa, started working in the food industry as a young woman by helping to develop "Meals on Wheels" meals at the hospital in Nampa.
"I didn't cook a lot at home when I was young. The job at the hospital was really my 'breaking out point' when it came to cooking," she recalled.
When Robinson moved to Blackfoot with her husband in the early 1980's she was hired by the Blackfoot School District as a substitute cook, a job she said was 'perfect' for her as a young mother.
"I could work while my kids were in school and have my summers free. People still like school lunch jobs for that reason," she said.
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