FRESH FOOD CONNECT NAMES KAYLA BIRDSONG AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: Denver-based Food System Nonprofit Serving 1,300+ Zip Codes Nationwide Names New CEO.
Online PR News – 17-June-2021 – Denver, Colorado – The Fresh Food Connect Board of Directors has appointed Kayla Birdsong as Chief Executive Officer to succeed Helen Katich.
Helen Katich started as the leader of Fresh Food Connect in 2019. Since that time, Fresh Food Connect has grown from working with 12 Colorado-based organizations to 50 partners across 20 states, serving 1,300+ zip codes. Katich has recently been recruited to work in Senator John Hickenlooper's office where she will focus her time in Southwest Colorado as a Field Representative. Katich will assist with the leadership transition through the summer and plans to continue with Fresh Food Connect as an advisor.
“Working with Fresh Food Connect has been an absolute joy and privilege. Everyone involved, including our staff, board, financial donors, volunteers, interns, nonprofit partners, and gardeners have been enthusiastic and thoughtful in our work together. I am honored to have been able to participate with Fresh Food Connect during a time of growth and impact, and I could not be more excited about the impact ahead with Kayla’s kind and skilled leadership.” said Helen Katich.
Kayla Birdsong will be joining as full-time CEO of Fresh Food Connect immediately. Birdsong has deep experience in food systems from her previous role as Executive Director of The GrowHaus, a community-driven, neighborhood-based food nonprofit in Denver, where she has spent the last eight years growing the organization.
“I am overjoyed and deeply honored to join the stellar team at Fresh Food Connect. I am looking forward to deepening our impact alongside our partners rooted in the community, while we continue expanding widely across the country. I am certain our shared future is very bright!” said Kayla Birdsong.
Fresh Food Connect has exciting plans for the 2021 growing season and is actively recruiting gardeners to share their bounty of surplus produce from their gardens with hunger relief centers.
About Fresh Food Connect:
Fresh Food Connect’s mobile app coordinates donations from home and community gardeners to non-profit organizations working to address food insecurity on a local level. Gardeners download the app, and indicate when they have surplus bounty to share. In 1,300+ zip codes across the country, home gardeners can easily arrange for extra produce to be picked up from their doorstep or delivered to a local organization providing no-cost, healthy grocery items to community members.
Name: Laura Lavid
Organization: Fresh Food Connect
Company URL: http://www.freshfoodconnect.org