John Lowrey’s research takes an operations management approach to the study of food waste, retail operations, and preventative healthcare. Much of his work focuses on the impact of food donations. He works directly with several Feeding America member Food Banks to understand the explicit and implicit benefits of food donations at retail. Importantly, retail donations sustain a secondary market for food and this market serves as a source of nutrition for low-income, food-insecure individuals. His healthcare-related research concerns new models of care delivery that integrate community-based organizations such as food banks and food pantries to coordinate health-related services. These models use systematic screening and referral-based mechanisms to identify and address the patients’ underlying social determinants of health.


  • PhD Operations Management, The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business
  • MAE Applied Economics, The Ohio State University
  • MBA, The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business
  • MS Food Science, The Ohio State University
  • BS Biology, The University of Akron

Awards and Recognition

  • Robert Bartels Research Fellow, The Ohio State University
  • Zero Hunger Zero Waste, Kroger Company ($10,000)

Selected Publications