The 2023 Hunger Leadership Awards

Stream the Awards

In 2023 the Congressional Hunger celebrates its 30th Anniversary. Our signature annual event will commemorate our three decades of impact, as we bring together leaders from government, philanthropy, the private sector, and the wider anti-hunger community to recognize distinguished leaders whose vision and commitment are paving the way to achieving zero hunger in the U.S. and around the world.

Our annual celebration of exemplary leaders in the fight to end hunger and poverty will return
Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 6-8 p.m.

Special thanks to these presenting sponsors of the 2023 Hunger Leadership Awards livestream:

General Mills
De’Sean Weber, Emerson Program

30th Anniversary Hunger Leadership Awards Honorary Committee

Our 30th-anniversary honorary committee members are past Hunger Leadership Award recipients. They embody the spirit of the Hunger Center through their bipartisanship and commitment to ending hunger.

Senator John Boozman (R-Ark.)

Casey, Jr.

Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.)


Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)


Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)


Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)


Representative Tracey Mann (R-Kan.)


Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas)


Representative Betty McCollum (D-Minn.)


Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)

Representative Bobby Scott (D-Va.)
Former Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)

2023 Hunger Leadership Awards Sponsors

The Congressional Hunger Center would like to express our gratitude to the following generous sponsors of the 2023 Hunger Leadership Awards.


General Mills Logo


PepsiCo Logo
Instacart Logo


ADM Logo
Bayer Crop Science
KraftHeinz Logo
Walmart Logo
World Food Program USA Logo


Amazon Logo
American Beverage Logo
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Logo
The Russell Group Logo
Share Our Strength Logo


Coca Cola Company Logo
Consumer Brands Association Logo
Feeding America Logo
FMI The Food Industry Association Logo
MAZON A Jewish Response to Hunger Logo
Torrey Advisory Group



American Frozen Food Institute

Lindsey Baker*

Bread for the World

Bunge North America

Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)

International Dairy Foods Association

Karen Coble Edwards

National Corn Growers Association

National Farmers Union

National Grocers Association

North American Millers' Association


Ria Shah

SNAC International

Eric Steiner*

Mary Catherine Toker

Margaret Zeigler

*Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow Alum  

Interested in becoming a 2023 Hunger Leadership Awards Sponsor? Contact Director of Development Laura Tarre today.


Past Award recipients

We present outstanding leaders from the U.S. government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors with the Bill Emerson & Mickey Leland Hunger Leadership Award for their significant contributions in fighting hunger in the U.S. and around the world.

Chef José Andrés

Rev. David Beckmann

Senator Roy Blunt

Senator John Boozman

C&S Wholesale Grocers

Paul Carothers

Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.

Senator Thad Cochran

USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon

Senator Chris Coons

Stephen and Ayesha Curry and the Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation

Representative Rosa DeLauro

Senator Elizabeth Dole

Senator Dick Durbin

Representative Jo Ann Emerson

Representative Sam Farr

Deborah A. Frank, MD, Founder Children’s HealthWatch

Senator Al Franken

Representative Marcia Fudge

USDA Secretary Dan Glickman

Ambassador Tony Hall

Senator Tom Harkin

Dominique Hazzard and DC Greens

Janie Simms Hipp

Senator Johnny Isakson

Representative Barbara Lee

Representative Lynn Jenkins

David Kantor

Senator Herb Kohl

Representative John Lewis

Senator Richard G. Lugar

Dora Martinez

Marshall Matz

Representative Michael McCaul

Representative Betty McCollum

Joan McGlockton and the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Representative James P. McGovern

Representative Gregory Meeks

Mary Jane Melendez and the General Mills Foundation

Manly Molpus

Representative Gwen Moore

Senator Jerry Moran

Representative Donald M. Payne

Matt Perin and the Kroger Co. Foundation

Representative Collin Peterson

Representative Chellie Pingree

The Poor People's Campaign

Senator Pat Roberts

Lisa Marsh Ryerson and AARP Foundation

Representative Bobby Scott

Representative Chris Smith

Senator Debbie Stabenow

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Representative Jackie Walorski

Senator Roger Wicker

Jim Weill

Representative Frank Wolf

Senator Todd Young

We also recognize outstanding alums from the Bill Emerson National and Mickey Leland International Fellowships for their continued dedication to promote food security in the U.S. and around the world.

Ashley Aakesson

Giselle Aris

Damiana Astudillo

Lindsey R. Baker

Kate Bolz

Cara Brumfield

Michelle DeFreese

Indivar Dutta-Gupta

Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines

Anne-Claire Hervy

Carmen Jaquez

Michael Johnson

Shana McDavis Conway

Matt Newell-Ching

Adam Norikane

Tammy Palmer

Shane Murphy Goldsmith

Javier Silva

Richard H. Stolz

Christine Tran

Emily Wei