Connecticut Foodshare welcomes two new VISTA AmeriCorps Service Members Emma Brown and Tori Fletcher. They will be working with us through July 2025 on capacity building projects that support our partners in meeting the needs in their communities.

Emma Brown will offer the partner network added capacity around the TEFAP foods process and local food sourcing and funding. Emma became interested in food security while studying climate policy and environmental justice in college and is passionate about improving access to nutritious, culturally preferred food. Emma is looking forward to working with local partners and helping them maximize their impact. Outside of work, Emma loves hiking and camping with her friends and dog, playing soccer, and reading. 

Tori Fletcher is working with partners to share resources and tools for the partner network around creating a welcoming culture.  Tori is passionate about environmental justice with a specialized interest in human rights policy. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 2022 with an B.A. in Environmental Science and Political Science, Tori volunteered at her local food pantry, FISH of Greater New Haven. Additionally, she worked at the Ruby & Calvin Fletcher African American History Museum in Stratford, creating an inventory of museum artifacts in support of the museum’s objectives to increase awareness and education on African American history. Tori’s long-term goal is to attend law school to specialize in human rights policy. During her free time, she loves to explore different worlds and historical periods of time through books. Currently her favorite book is “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.