2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 16-18, 2023 | St.Louis, MO

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. 


Thursday, May 18th

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Insights from the Cafeteria: Food Waste in Schools and Strategies to Reduce It

Breakout Session (Running Concurrently)

Schools provide an ideal learning environment to teach better food conservation habits to the next generation. Most importantly, increasing consumption and reducing wasted food means children receive optimal nutritional benefits from school meals. How can we instruct and instill better habits from the halls of the classroom to the cafeteria? This session will cover how a combination of strategies and interventions — like marketing healthy choices, providing nutrition education, and offering cooking and gardening programs for students — effectively work in unison to increase student consumption. 

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