CHC welcomed the 20th class of Emerson Hunger Fellows to Washington D.C. for their field training in August. These 16 leaders came together to learn about hunger and poverty in the U.S. and prepare for 6 months in the field. They come from all corners of the country: from California to Maine, from Massachusetts to South Dakota, and from Houston to Detroit to share their knowledge and experiences. They explored issues of identity, race, class, and gender. They attended skills training workshops on field research, program development, and program evaluation. As the Fellows left for the field in early September, the USDA reported that 48.9 million Americans live in households struggling against hunger. In this time of economic hardship, the fellows, their field sites, and most especially the community members with whom they will collaborate have their work cut out for them. Click below to see a list of the communities the Fellows will be working in.