Zero Hunger Summer Seminars
Build your advocacy skills and join a virtual learning community of anti-hunger leaders at our Summer Seminars, an annual five-session series on domestic and global hunger. This online learning experience is open to anyone interested in alleviating hunger and poverty through public policy, and current college students are especially encouraged to attend.
Fight Hunger This Summer
The world faces a growing hunger crisis caused by a global pandemic.
In order to solve the problem, it is critical that we first understand the root causes of hunger, and the power of public policy to address or exacerbate them.
The Zero Hunger Summer Seminars are an online learning experience for anyone who wants to become an effective advocate for ending hunger and poverty through public policy. Over five sessions in June and July, you will:
- Hear discussions with experts from a variety of career paths and backgrounds, and how they use their voices and expertise to combat hunger
- Learn about timely issues related to domestic and global hunger
- Discover the work of Zero Hunger Interns through their final presentations
- Become familiar with the work of anti-hunger organizations at work in the United States and around the world
- Develop your skills as a leader, guided by the Hunger Center’s leadership capabilities model
- Earn a certificate of completion from the Hunger Center for attending four out of five sessions
- Return home ready to advocate for an end to hunger in your community
Be THe Change
To reach zero hunger, we need bold leaders who understand the systems that contribute to food insecurity and can develop solutions and lead change in our organizations, programs, and policies. By attending the Zero Hunger Summer Seminars, you are gaining the insight and skills to be a successful anti-hunger advocate in your community and beyond.
Right: Zero Hunger Intern Chido Shamuyarira delivers her final presentation, August 2019
2021 Zero Hunger Summer Seminars
Schedule of Events
Our five session seminar will take place from June 11 to July 30, 2021. To attend one or all of the sessions, get started by creating a profile or logging in to our Zero Hunger Academy platform. Once you're enrolled, you'll be able to access pre-reading, homework assignments, and discussion boards for each of the sessions. If you complete four or more sessions, you will receive a certificate of completion from the Hunger Center to recognize your achievement.
List of Sessions
- June 11, 2021: U.S. Hunger and Network Building for Social Change
- June 25, 2021: Global Hunger and Its Root Causes
- July 9, 2021: Root Causes of Hunger in the United States
- July 16, 2021: Policy and the U.S. Government Approach to Global Food Security
- July 30, 2021: Storytelling, Social Change, and End of Summer Presentations
U.S. Hunger and Network Building for Social Change
June 11, 2021 9:00 am — 1:00 pm ET
For our first session of the series, we will introduce the program and our values and goals for the summer. Our expert speakers will provide an overview of food security in the United States from the perspective of federal policy advocates. You will also get an overview of networking and its importance, both for creating systemic change and developing your own professional contacts.
Vice President, Government Relations
Chonya Davis Johnson
Senior Domestic Policy Advisor
Bread for the World
Director of Coalitions & Advocacy
Alliance to End Hunger
Congressional Hunger Center
Director of Government Affairs
Food Research & Action Center
Global Hunger and Its Root Causes
June 25, 2021 9:00 am — 1:00 pm ET
This session will introduce key concepts in approaching global hunger and explore the main drivers of hunger around the world. You will also meet Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows and learn how their work plans approach global food security from many different angles.
PhD Researcher, Inclusive agribusiness, food and nutrition security Utrecht University
10th Class Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows
Root Causes of Hunger in the United States
July 9, 2021 9:00 am — 1:00 pm ET
In this session, we will explore how race impacts food security in the United States, and we will deep dive into four root causes/lenses of hunger. Using the Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation, we will explore the role the racial wealth gap plays in leaving communities of color vulnerable to food insecurity. Then, experts in the field of hunger will introduce us to four major root causes/lenses of hunger: hunger in Native American communities, hunger within immigrant communities, low-wage jobs as a driver of hunger, and gender inequality as a driver of hunger.
Senior Counsel for Income Security
National Women's Law Center
Emerson National Hunger Fellow
Food Research & Action Center
Senior Policy Analyst
Center for Law and Social Policy
Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Policy
Congressional Hunger Center
Policy and the U.S. Government Approach to Global Food Security
July 16, 2021 9:00 am — 1:00 pm ET
In this session, we will first explore the United States government’s approach to global food security. We will host a panel that explores how public service can be used as a tool of social change, with an emphasis on change related to food security.
VP Community Relations & Executive Director
Land O’Lakes Foundation
Double Dogwood LLC
Senior Lead, Public Policy and Product Communications
Natural Resources Defense Council
Storytelling, Social Change, and End of Summer Presentations
July 30, 2021 9:00 am — 1:00 pm ET
Our final session will examine the power of personal storytelling as a tool for advocacy. We will also see final presentations from the 4th Class of Zero Hunger Interns, who will demonstrate practical plans for using advocacy to reduce food insecurity in their home communities.
Senior Associate, Expansion and Advocacy
2021 Zero Hunger Interns
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and Land O' Lakes for their generous support of the 2021 Summer Seminars.