The United Way of Western Connecticut has hired two new staff members to better address food insecurity in the 15 towns it serves. The new hires will work with community, state-wide, and national partners to ensure so-called ALICE, Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, families have access to healthy food.
The two roles are the organization’s Food Policy Manager and the Community Impact Program and Operations Coordinator. The jobs cover the Healthy Savings program, the Age Well Community Council’s Ambassador Program and coordinating with the Danbury Food Collaborative. The collaborative was launched in 2013 to better coordinate food resources in the city by bringing together food pantries and congregate meal providers to streamline food collection and distribution.
Tida Infahsaeng will now serve as the organization’s Food Policy Manager. In this position, she will develop and implement the strategic direction of food security programs, looking at the “big picture” across the region to ensure United Way is addressing food needs into the future. She will also oversee the implementation and growth of the innovative Healthy Savings program, which provides clients with up to $10 of free produce and discounts on other healthy food items in participating grocery stores.
Farah Ahmad fills the position of Community Impact Program and Operations Coordinator. In this role, she will serve as the main point of contact for community food related inquiries, benefits, and programs, while also leading community food drives and emergency meal distribution. She will also manage all aspects of the Age Well Community Council’s Ambassador Program, which provides outreach in the Danbury area to older adults who may be facing food insecurity. The Emergency Food and Shelter Program process for the Stamford community will also be part of her responsibilities.