DANBURY — With the need for food high during the coronavirus pandemic, a local nonprofit is ramping up efforts to ensure families have access to healthy food.

The United Way of Western Connecticut has hired two new staff members to implement initiatives that address food insecurity in the 15 Danbury area towns it serves.

These programs will support working families who have household incomes above the federal poverty level, but below a basic cost-of-living threshold.

Tida Infahsaeng will serve as the organization’s food policy manager, who will ensure United Way addresses food needs immediately and in the future, the nonprofit said. She will coordinate with the Danbury and Stamford food collaboratives, each of which has more than 20 members that provide food through pantries, congregate meal sites and other programs.

She will also oversee the Healthy Savings program, which provides clients with up to $10 of free produce and discounts on other healthy food items in participating grocery stores. The program serves more than 500 families and has provided more than $95,000 in produce benefits since its launch in 2019.

Farah Ahmad will become the community impact program and operations coordinator. 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 manage the Age Well Community Council’s Ambassador Program, which provides outreach in the Danbury area to older adults who may be facing food insecurity.

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