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Jennifer Gaddis

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Expert on school food politics and systems change in local, state, national, and international contexts

Associate Professor, Civil Society & Community Studies School of Human Ecology Work: 608-265-3759 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @JenniferEGaddis


  • School food politics and program change (strong expertise in the United States, Wisconsin, and Madison Metropolitan School District)
  • Farm-to-school programs and local food systems
  • Universal free school meals and participation in school meal programs
  • Coalitions and community organizing to improve school food systems
  • Feminist food systems


  • Author of the award-winning book "The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools"
  • Opinion pieces published in New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, USA Today, Teen Vogue, The Conversation, and Cap Times.
  • Co-author, “Sustainability Transitions in Agri-Food Systems: Insights from South Korea’s Universal Free, Eco-Friendly School Lunch Program,” Agriculture and Human Values, 37 (2020): 1055-1071.
  • Co-author, "Reorganizing School Lunch for a More Just and Sustainable Food System in the US." Feminist Economics 24, no. 3 (2018): 89-112.
  • Advisory board member of the National Farm to School Network and core member of the Healthy School Meals for All Wisconsin Coalition.