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Ending Hunger in Our Community

Brett Hartford is the new Executive Director of Just Food in Lawrence. He is a graduate of Free State High School and for the last ten years worked for City Relief in New York City. In that capacity he worked with the homeless. He has also served in the New Jersey National Guard and played in their brass band. Ending hunger in our community by increasing access to healthy foods is the primary goal of Just Food. The organization also seeks to reduce barriers to health and well being and cultivate self-sufficiency. Just Food operates a main pantry at 1000 11th Street and several satellite pantries in the county. A mobile pantry truck makes deliveries and food barrels are placed with community partners for collecting donations. Other programs include food growing classes, kitchen supplies and a new commercial kitchen. Hartford expressed great concern that requests for assistance since the end of the pandemic have grown dramatically.