2024 ReFED Food Waste Solutions Summit

June 11-13, 2024 | Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Convention Center

Kaitlyn Harper

Postdoctoral Researcher

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health


Kaitlyn Harper (she/her) is a postdoctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She graduated from the JHSPH Human Nutrition Program in 2022. She holds a MSc in Public Health from the University of British Columbia and MA in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University, and she was formerly a high school biology teacher. Kaitlyn’s research broadly focuses on evaluating policies and programs related to improving food security and reducing food waste. She uses community-based methods and strives to engage in research and community work using a racial equity perspective. 


Wednesday, June 12

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Maximizing Impact: Key Components and Partnerships for Successful Food Recovery Programs

Breakout Session 2

What are the latest and greatest happenings and resources in food recovery sector? Salvaging surplus food and redistributing it is crucial for maximizing impact and ensuring that food serves its highest purpose of feeding people. Despite this, only a small fraction of surplus food ends up being donated, often resulting in food relief agencies purchasing perishables rather than relying solely on donations. This panel will explore key components and partnerships essential for successful food recovery programs, addressing how to rescue high-quality, nutritious food and increase distribution capacity in a dignified manner.

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