Tammy Evans’ efforts as a community worker providing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education in Edgar and Clark counties was recently honored by the University of Illinois Extension’s Illinois Nutrition Education Programs (INEP).
Evans was named Rookie of the Year. This award is reserved for a team member who has worked with INEP for less than two years and has shown excellence in reaching limited-resource participants and learning new teaching skills for adult and youth audiences. The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood those eligible for Supplemental Food Assistance Program will make healthy food and lifestyle choices that prevent obesity. SNAP-Ed is provided in all 50 states and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. In Illinois, SNAP-Ed is part of the Illinois Nutrition Education Programs with University of Illinois Extension.
Evans has grown programming at both school classrooms and food pantries from previous years and uses a variety of teaching methods to reach both adult and youth audiences using her excellent communication skills and compassionate personality. Per her nomination, “Tammy is a valued member of the team and an asset to the SNAP-Ed program.”