Jennifer Gaddis is an Assistant Professor of Civil Society and Community Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her book project, “The Labor of Lunch: A New Economics of Care in American Public Schools,” Gaddis tells a feminist history of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and offers a political reimagining of the social organization of care in the contemporary United States. The book tells the story of the humble school lunch—in its multiple incarnations over the past century—and the people, policies, and ideologies behind it. Asking readers to rethink school lunch through the lens of care and from the standpoint of women (and their allies) who were active in the school lunch movement, Gaddis's project offers a model for action-oriented scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. The book invites readers to envision, and ultimately co-create, an alternative future.
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