Meet our new Executive Director, Jan Trent!

Freedom a la Cart Hires Jan Trent as Executive Director

Columbus, OH (July 17, 2015)– Freedom a la Cart, a full-service catering company dedicated to supporting and employing victims of human trafficking, today announces Jan Trent has been hired as the company’s new Executive Director beginning July 27, 2015.

Trent brings a wealth of leadership and business experience in the food industry to Freedom a la Cart, having worked in management positions at ConAgra Foods and The Hershey Company, and was a key player in the re-imaging of Wendy’s brand.

“Jan’s expertise and passion for our mission is exactly what we were looking for in the executive director role,” said Freedom a la Cart’s board president Paula Haines. “With her strategic leadership and talent as a relationship builder, we hope to bring the success of Freedom a la Cart to other cities, cementing our mission to help human trafficking victims across the country.”

By leveraging her strengths in strategic planning, brand imaging, menu development and consumer insights, Trent will be the guiding force as Freedom a la Cart draws closer to opening a brick and mortar catering kitchen and café in 2016. She will also oversee the company’s growth by further refining Freedom a la Cart’s replicable and sustainable business model, strengthening the support services for victims of human trafficking and growing funding through gifts, corporate sponsorships and grants.

“I am very pleased to join Freedom a la Cart at this prime time of growth,” said Trent. “I am confident that under my leadership, Freedom a la Cart will develop into a stronger social enterprise organization, expanding our catering and food service business while helping survivors of human trafficking become personally and economically independent.“

In addition to her proven track record of growing brands, Trent will bring her passion for improving the lives of others and empowering women with the gift of hope to Freedom a la Cart. By joining Freedom, Trent hopes to continue her long history of community service and mentorship, while significantly impacting the lives of others.

About Freedom a la Cart

Freedom a la Cart is a full-service catering company and workforce development program in Columbus, Ohio that prepares local survivors of human trafficking for economic self-sufficiency. Through personal restoration and workforce readiness, Freedom a la Cart provides adult human trafficking survivors with dignified work opportunities and the training and services to develop healthy life skills. To deliver a genuine culinary experience to their patrons, Freedom a la Cart creates fresh, flavorful food full of eclectic, unexpected choices. Learn more at or connect on Facebook and Twitter.