Megan Hauptfounder of a local food education company Hunger educationhas what she calls a “nonlinear background” that led her to the 2015-based startup.
She has worked in education, in the corporate sector, in theater and other fields, but the red thread of the story has run through all of her work. Technical.ly. Haupt has been interested in food and storytelling for nearly two decades, and in 2015 launched her own B2C business focused on teaching families and children relationships with food. Instead of providing dietary or culinary training, the company taught about “the great history of food and how it connects with all aspects of our lives”.
The company, run by Haupt and a group of contractors, switched to B2B a few years later and began working with Market Terminals Reading about how she could create educational programs for the many schools that come and visit during field trips, and contributed to the joint programming of “Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers”. She was also studying experience design for food education when the pandemic hit and shut down the business.
“People suddenly focused on disinfecting their products – they didn’t come to study food,” Haupt said.
Haupt participated in Twitter Association for the Study of Food and Society conference in 2020, exploring the use of science fiction and speculative fiction to explore the future of food or alternative worlds. You can find the topic below:
good afternoon # food research20 Conference! We are excited to share our project “The Perfect Food of the Future: Using Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction to Present a Fairer Food Future”. Futurism, justice, storytelling, education, relationships
– Hungry (@hungryeducation) July 23, 2020
And now, in 2022, Haupt is back on the scene, some projects have been particularly focused on the future of food. Haupt started working with Franklin Institute STEM Scholars Program understand, make sense of and create solutions around food waste and sustainability. The program caters to teens ages 14 to 18 seeking a career in STEM, and Hungry works with Drexel Food Lab under the 2022 summer curriculum.
“We are really unusual in that we focus on food relations, history, science, technology, engineering,” Haupt said. “There’s so much going on in our relationship with food.”
The program will look at how future generations will face food-related challenges, including meeting future food needs, food waste issues and how reducing food waste can reduce the effects of climate change. This summer, students will use a far-sighted and solution-based program to address the problem of waste, working with industry professionals to learn about the widespread problem of food waste and develop “workable solutions”. The program is practical and includes field trips, cooking lessons, and guest speakers and students will be able to use STEM skills to identify current problems and solve future problems.
“The future of food is all about STEM,” Haupt said. “The food that appears on your table is hard to understand. By connecting people with these resources and encouraging them with this topic in the field of nutrition, we want to do this work to move forward. ”