Gina has been the Director of Utahns Against Hunger since 2001. Before joining the staff at UAH, Gina worked on welfare policy for 5 years at Utah Issues. Gina was introduced to the work of Utahns Against Hunger through the University of Utah while volunteering here through the Bennion Center. For 15 years, she has been working with state and federal elected officials on the issues of hunger and poverty.
Marti joined Utahns Against Hunger in April of 2012. She works to ensure Utah’s children have access to nutritious food at school and during out of school time, specifically the School Breakfast Program and the Summer Food Program.
Marti has a Master of Science degree from the University of Utah in Health Promotion and Education. While in school, she did extensive research on food security and health. Marti’s work experience includes a focus on food stamps, farmers markets, as well as nutrition and food security with refugee communities.
Melissa joined Utahns Against Hunger in 2015 as the Outreach Coordinator. She provides information about federal nutrition programs, including presentations and training, assisting community members with food stamp applications, and producing outreach materials. Melissa also manages the statewide Food Stamp Outreach Program with the Department of Workforce Service. This includes identifying community partners, training them to provide food stamp application assistance, and monitoring the people and populations that are reached by these efforts to better understand who needs assistance. Her work ensures eligible Utahns can use available benefits, increasing food access in the state.
Melissa received a Juris Doctor from William and Mary Law School, where she focused her education on civil and human rights law. Before joining UAH, Melissa helped provide pro bono legal assistance to underserved and low income communities; including representing indigent clients with constitutional rights violations and helping Virginians with prior non-violent felony convictions restore their voting rights.
As the Community Food Systems Coordinator for Utahns Against Hunger, Brian works on cutting-edge initiatives that improve low-income households’ access to fresh, healthy local food. As part of this work, Brian manages Utah Double Up Food Bucks, an innovative healthy food incentive program that doubles the value of food stamps used to purchase fruits and veggies at local farmers’ markets. Brian has over a decade of experience working on food systems issues in the non-profit sector, both locally and internationally. He has studied food policy, sustainability and access issues at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Brian also holds professional certificates in the areas of community economic development and cooperative enterprise development.
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