The Congressional Hunger Center, a bi-partisan 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 1993 by Tony Hall, Ambassador and Former Member of Congress in response the expiration of the House Select Committee on Hunger.
In 1983, Representatives Benjamin Gilman (R-NY), Mickey Leland (D-TX) and Tony Hall (D-OH) formed the House Select Committee on Hunger to find sustainable solutions to national and international hunger and poverty. Representative Mickey Leland chaired the committee until his death on a famine relief mission to the Horn of Africa in 1989. In 1993, the House of Representatives allowed a number of Select Committees to expire, including the House Select Committee on Hunger. Tony Hall, the Select Committee Chair at that time, responded by embarking on a 22 day fast, an act that helped bring Republicans and Democrats together to form the Congressional Hunger Center. Representative Bill Emerson (R-MO) joined Tony Hall as the first co-chair of the bi-partisan Congressional Hunger Center.