"Hungry for Change: Ending Food Waste" - Jasmine Crowe-Houston to Deliver Sanford Lecture

By Matt LoJacono // October 18, 2023

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Jasmine Crowe-Houston, CEO and Author

Sanford is honored to welcome Jasmine Crowe-Houston, a leading expert and advocate in the fight against food waste and hunger, to deliver the Fall 2023 Sanford Lecture titled "Hungry for Change: Ending Food Waste." Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with Crowe-Houston and gain valuable insights into her innovative strategies that have proven effective in combatting food waste and hunger. The free event (open to all students and the public) is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 3 @ 7:00 PM in Reynolds Theater in Duke’s Bryan Center. Click here to save your spot.

Crowe-Houston is the founder and CEO of Goodr, a food waste company that aims to end food insecurity in underserved communities. This innovative initiative has been pivotal in addressing the pressing global issues of food waste and hunger. With her unwavering commitment to creating sustainable solutions, she has earned international recognition and is now set to share her insights with the Duke campus community and the public.

The author and entrepreneur returns to Durham as an alum of North Carolina Central University (NCCU). In the decades since she has been a force in the field of food waste and hunger solutions. Her TEDx talk, as well as features on NPR, NBC News, and other local and national outlets, have highlighted her dedication to these critical challenges and inspired numerous individuals and organizations to follow her lead. Crowe-Houston was named by "Entrepreneur" magazine as one of the top 100 influential female founders in 2020 and in 2021 released her first children’s book, “Everybody Eats”. Under her leadership, Goodr has set an example for how individuals and organizations can drive positive change in their communities.

The Sanford School of Public Policy has consistently hosted influential figures in the world of public policy, and the addition of Crowe-Houston to the lineup is expected to be no different.

About the Sanford Lecture Series:

The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture was endowed by a gift to Duke by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. Its purpose is to invite distinguished people in public life to speak to the Duke community. Sanford Lecturers are people of the highest personal and professional stature, such as presidents, prime ministers and cabinet members, chief executive officers of corporations, visionary artists, and esteemed scholars.

The lectures are open to the public as well as Duke University students and are meant to promote engaged and enlightened leadership. They are held in honor of the late Terry Sanford, a bold leader who served as North Carolina governor, U.S. senator, president of Duke University, and founder of our school.