Janet Poppendieck

Senior Faculty Fellow

Degree Info

BA, History, Duke University, 1967. PhD, Social Welfare, Brandeis University, 1979.


Jan Poppendieck is a Professor Emerita of Sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York, and a Senior Faculty Fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. She has written extensively about hunger, poverty, and food assistance in the US. Jan is the recipient of a 2011 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award. She appears in the documentaries A Place at the Table and Lunch Line and serves on the Board of Directors of Community Food Advocates and on the Advisory Council of the Urban School Food Alliance. She is active in the Global Alliance for Food, Health and Social Justice.


Reformist, progressive, radical: the case for an inclusive alliance. Canadian Food Studies/ La Revue Canadienne des etudes sur l’alimentation, Special Issue on Just Food Futures, forthcoming.

2019, Nick Freudenberg, Sara Goldrick-Rab and Janet Poppendieck. College students and SNAP: The new face of food insecurity in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 109, no. 12. (December 1, 2019) 1652-1658.

Breadlines knee deep in wheat: food assistance in the Great Depression. 2nd Edition with epilogue. Berkeley, University of California Press, 2014.

Free for all: fixing school food in America. Berkeley, University of California Press, 2010.

Sweet charity? emergency food and the end of entitlement. Viking Penguin. 1998.

Book chapter: Food assistance, hunger, and the end of welfare The USA, in Graham Riches and Tiina Silvasti, eds. First world hunger revisited: Food charity or the right to food? Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.