Meet Brett Hartford, Just Food’s new executive director

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Join Lawrence Times TV as we sit down with Just Food’s new executive director, Brett Hartford, to discuss the challenges facing the Douglas County food bank in 2023 and his vision to solve them.

Hartford was born and raised in Lawrence and is a graduate of Free State High School. Read more about the work that led him to this point in this story from November.

“We need the community to continue to say that they are here for us — and here for their neighbor, more importantly, as we move forward,” Hartford says in this interview.

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Jordan Winter (she/her), a contributor to The Lawrence Times, is a 2019 KU grad with degrees in journalism and political science.

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