Who We Are

Founded in 1993 by a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, we are a global nonprofit organization dedicated to the principle that access to nutritious, affordable, and culturally appropriate food is a basic human right. We develop, inspire, and connect leaders in the movement to end hunger, and advocate for public policies that will create a food secure world.

Our Mission


We develop, inspire, and connect leaders in the movement to end hunger, and advocate for public policies to create a food-secure world.

Learn why we focus on leadership

Leader In Action

Emerson Fellow De’Sean Weber gives an interview to local media on his work for the Health Corners initiative in Jersey City, N.J.

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Our Fellows & Interns


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Rhiley Allbee
Leland Fellow

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Ashlyn Anderson
Zero Hunger Intern

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Joel Anderson
Emerson Fellow

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Nethmi Bathige
Zero Hunger Intern

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Nick Battles
Zero Hunger Intern

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Kate Blankinship
Emerson Fellow

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Eboni Bright
Zero Hunger Intern

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Riani Carr
Emerson Fellow

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Olivia Chan
Emerson Fellow

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Nancy Chang
Emerson Fellow

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Cara Claflin
Emerson Fellow

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Racheli Cohen
Zero Hunger Intern

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Erin Crowell
Zero Hunger Intern

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Jonathan Dabel
Zero Hunger Intern

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Max De Faria
Emerson Fellow

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Gustavo De La Fuente
Zero Hunger Intern

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Saadhana Deshpande
Zero Hunger Intern

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Tony Eskridge
Emerson Fellow

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Joshua Greene
Zero Hunger Intern

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Ally Hardebeck
Emerson Fellow

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Rebecca Hentges
Zero Hunger Intern

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Sara Higgins
Leland Fellow

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Curtis Hills
Emerson Fellow

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Lexie Holden
Emerson Fellow

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Emily Irsik
Zero Hunger Intern

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Jini Kades
Leland Fellow

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Varsha Krishnan
Zero Hunger Intern

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Sara Maillacheruvu
Emerson Fellow

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Kibiriti Majuto
Zero Hunger Intern

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Janiah Miller
Emerson Fellow

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Tiphaine Monroe
Leland Fellow

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Dan Myers
Leland Fellow

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Navya Nadimpalli
Leland Fellow

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Michelle Nikfarjam
Emerson Fellow

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Marisa Nowicki
Leland Fellow

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Rocio Perez
Emerson Fellow

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Bryan Pride
Leland Fellow

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Leslie Rios
Emerson Fellow

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Xavier Roberts
Emerson Fellow

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Jacqueline Shieh
Leland Fellow

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Amit Smotrich
Leland Fellow

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Jacquelyn Sullivan
Emerson Fellow, Zero Hunger Intern

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Lucas Tapia
Zero Hunger Intern

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Niisoja Torto
Emerson Fellow

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Lia Van Steeter
Zero Hunger Intern

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Isis Blanco Vera
Leland Fellow

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Allyson Vertti
Leland Fellow

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Delanie Vinzant
Zero Hunger Intern

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Michael Wang
Leland Fellow

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Maria Wrabel
Leland Fellow

Meet our Alums

Our HisTory

Bill & Mickey

Mickey Leland and Bill Emerson. Photo credit: Marty LaVor

In 1983, U.S. Representatives Benjamin Gilman (R-N.Y.), Mickey Leland (D-Texas) and Tony Hall (D-Ohio) formed the House Select Committee on Hunger to find sustainable solutions to national and international hunger and poverty. Rep. Leland chaired the committee until his death during a famine relief mission to the Horn of Africa in 1989.

In 1993, the House allowed a number of select committees to expire including the House Select Committee on Hunger. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Hall, responded by embarking on a 22-day fast, an act that garnered bipartisan support to form the Congressional Hunger Center as a nonprofit organization to help ensure Congress continued to address hunger. Representative Bill Emerson (R-Mo.) joined Rep. Hall as the first co-chairs of the Congressional Hunger Center's Board of Directors.

our supporters


We couldn’t do our work alone. We’re grateful to our funders for the generous financial and in-kind support that makes our work possible.