HADM 4315: Nonprofit Social Enterprise and Food Justice

Fall, Spring. 3 credits. Letter grades only (no audit).

Recommended prerequisite: HADM 1360, or equivalent food service management course, or permission of instructor. Field trip fee: $75.

Limited to Undergrad Jrs/Srs


  • Heather Kolakowski (haf3) - Fall 2024


This course will provide an overview of nonprofit social enterprise and food justice through service-learning, with a focus on food systems, social ventures and economic policies. Key objectives include identifying management best practices for leading nonprofit food service organizations, including strategy, managing employees/volunteers, fundraising, grant proposal writing, board governance, and marketing and social media. Through lectures, class discussions, case study analysis, research, community service practicums, and a service learning final project working with a partner organization, students will explore the economic, social, and political issues of combating poverty and hunger in the United States. The focus of the course will be on nonprofit food service organizations designed to combat hunger in our communities such as food banks, soup kitchens and shelters, community outreach organizations, school feeding programs, and social change through advocacy. Contingent university travel guidelines in the fall, a field trip may be required.