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Jennifer Gaddis

Jennifer Gaddis

Expert on school lunch workers, history of the U.S. National School Lunch Program, farm-to-school programs, and food work as a form of care work.

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


  • School lunch as care work, both public (NSLP) and private (packing home lunches)
  • Farm-to-school programs and local food systems
  • Food chain workers and worker-led campaigns for food justice


  • Forthcoming book on the US National School Lunch Program tentatively entitled “The Labor of Lunch: Organizing a New Economy of Care in American Public Schools."
  • Co-author, "Reorganizing School Lunch for a More Just and Sustainable Food System in the US." Feminist Economics 24, no. 3 (2018): 89-112.
  • Coauthor, “Healthy Kids First: Why Cafeteria Workers Want to Cook Fresh Meals in New Haven Public Schools.” Published by UNITE HERE, Local 217.
  • Research funded by the National Science Foundation, the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, & the US Department of Agriculture.
  • Launching a new book project featuring cross-country comparisons of the social organization of public school lunch programs in China, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, and Finland.