Megan Haupt, Founder

Megan has 20 years of storytelling experience spanning several industries. She collaborates with businesses, organizations, and individuals to help them connect with diverse audiences through shared human experiences around food and food practices. Megan’s storytelling skills are supported by her work as a food educator. She has over 15 years of education experience, working with children and adults in a variety of settings.

Megan worked in professional theaters in Chicago and Philadelphia after obtaining her BS in Theater and Communications. She left the theater to pursue work in Nonprofits and Higher Education, where her storytelling was used to connect with people in significantly different ways. Megan’s professional skills expanded to include education and experience design, both of which are sustained by her love of research. She feels that food education needs to be a combination of honoring and challenging and that information needs to be presented in a way that engages people at the core of their being. Her research focuses on food and cultural practices, food and morality, food and race, food futurism, and food history. Megan has presented on several of these topics at conferences, universities, and industry professionals. She is a member of the PA Nutrition Education Network, and the American Anthropological Association/ Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition. 

Most days you can find Megan trying to convince her picky 10 year old to try new foods, researching food and food practices, or visiting foreign grocery stores when she travels (her favorite thing to do ever!).


Speaking Engagements:

"How Sweet It Is: A History of Sugar"
October 28, 2015
Villanova University
Cultural Studies Food Matters Week

"Picky Eating and Play-based Learning"
May 1-2, 2017
Pennsylvania Nutrition and Education Network
2017 Annual Conference - "Nourishing the Future: Nutrition, Trends, Foods, and Beyond!"

"Food is Storytelling"
February 19, 2018
Cooks Who Care

"Picky Eating and Play-based Learning"
May 3, 2018
Young Child Expo, NYC


Jenn Bidwell Edwardson, Education Director

Jenn Bidwell Edwardson began cooking at a young age, learning from her grandmothers, mother and father, and every cookbook she could get her hands on. By high school she was sharing her pastries and cookies, breads and cupcakes with her neighbors.

She has been equally drawn to educating children, first her own and for both employment and volunteering in her church. She currently teaches four year olds at a traditional play based learning nursery school and works with third through fifth graders at church. Jenn loves Hungry's play based, hands-on learning approach involving kids from a young age in their eating and cooking experiences. 

Jenn taught her own six children the love of good food and creating it for themselves. Now that they are grown she encourages them in their own journey as they explore new food experiences. She is now happily teaching her grandchildren to cook and bake. 

When she isn't in the kitchen Jenn can be found in her other happy space making cards, scrapbooks, monprints, art journals and mixed media art. She likes kayaking, walking and riding behind her husband as he explores on his motorcycle. 


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Dan Lucas, Data Analyst

Dan is an analyst, design thinker, and researcher. He studied economics at the University of Rochester and worked as a research analyst in healthcare consulting before relocating to his native Philadelphia and connecting with Hungry. He compliments his data-heavy background with experience in design thinking for social innovation as part of the DC Human Centered Design community.

Before partnering with Hungry, Dan’s belief in experiential, student-driven education led him to volunteer as a 2nd grade reading tutor and teaching assistant for an elementary school gardening program.

Dan loves to create, and his food pastimes mainly stem from curiosity and a DIY spirit: home-brewed beer, perfecting his from-scratch pie making, and frequent experiments with lacto-fermentation.


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Connor Hogan, Experience Design

Connor grew up surrounded by food. When he was young, his entire family worked in a local fine dining restaurant. There, he got his first taste of his future. Whether it was chicken kiev, roasted brussel sprouts, or duck l'orange, Connor was constantly pushed to try new and exciting foods. These experiences shaped the way he saw the world. His curiosity about food now fuels his passion to create experiences that inspire the way people connect over cuisines. 

Connor Hogan is a creative with six years of experience in brand, content, and experience strategy. He partners with his client to uncovers their stories and express those stories through dynamic mediums that reflect their people, their personality and their mission. 

He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2010 with degrees in Theatre, and Russian and Slavic Studies. 


Collaborators

 
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Sulaiha Olatunji

Sulaiha Olatunji (PplFood) is a community chef and educator who promotes people-centered food. She received a B.A. from Mt. Holyoke College in Anthropology & Education and a M.Ed in Education, Leadership & Policy Studies from Temple University with a focus on school-community partnerships. Sulaiha worked in community service and experiential learning programs in both elementary and high schools before deciding to pursue cooking and food education full time in 2013. She gained professional kitchen skills as a sous chef for a meal delivery service and also completed the Just Food Community Chef Facilitator Training at the Philadelphia Free Library Culinary Literacy Center. Sulaiha is ServSafe certified.

She does weekly meal prep for clients in the Philadelphia area, with an emphasis on co-creating nourishing meal plans that honor the client’s food journey and traditions. Sulaiha also facilitates hands-on cooking workshops and is the resident chef for the Philly Pigeon Poetry collective’s annual writing retreat. In 2017, she was a collaborator on the Philadelphia Assembled Kitchen--a food and storytelling project that was part of a 3 month exhibition held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Perelman building.   

Sulaiha believes that storytelling and knowledge-sharing is one powerful way of contributing to food sovereignty and justice movements. Actively challenging dominant food narratives, which are reflective of a historical imbalance of power of race, gender, and class, provides an opportunity to positively impact our planet’s health and well-being.  Cooking with and for people is how Sulaiha shows her love and breaking bread with others is where she finds her greatest joy. She is excited to bring this spirit of PplFood to her collaborations with Hungry Education.


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Maigan Lennon

Encouraged by her mother’s fearless adventures in the kitchen, Maigan picked up her love of food and passion for cooking at a young age. She received her B.S. from St. Joseph’s University and afterwards went on to Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC where she completed her Associates Degree in Pastry Arts. She also had the experience of a lifetime studying pastry abroad in France for a few months. Over the past 8 years, Maigan has been working in the food industry with roles at local companies as well as her own company MoJo’s Pop Co., a toffee popcorn business.

A year after the birth of her son, Maigan made the difficult decision to step away from her business. Luckily she discovered Hungry and was excited to get involved. When she’s not teaching Pre-C classes, you can find Maigan exploring Philadelphia with her busy toddler. She also enjoys traveling, experimenting in the kitchen, and eating her way around the city.