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The Congressional Hunger Center is recruiting host site organizations for Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows for September-February 2018. We place Emerson Fellows with community based organizations to work on projects that address problems of hunger, poverty, and racial inequality.
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Why Host an Emerson Fellow?
The Emerson Program provides organizations with the skills, energy, and dedication of a Hunger Fellow to support the efforts of community-based non-profit organizations and local government agencies in their work against hunger and poverty. Emerson Fellows are a bright, diverse group of emerging leaders committed to social justice. They are eager to contribute meaningful work and learn from leaders in the field. Fellows can support your efforts and increase your capacity to eliminate hunger, poverty, and their root causes—including racism. Meet our current Fellows!
Fellows build capacity in field organizations by
- Designing, developing, evaluating, and improving local programs and projects addressing hunger, food access, health, poverty and racial equity.
- Developing outreach and enrollment strategies for public benefits (e.g. SNAP, child nutrition programs, EITC, and farmers market incentives).
- Developing strategies and implementation tools for building racial and class equity into organizations’ programs, projects, and practices.
- Conducting qualitative and quantitative research and story collection.
- Initiating advocacy and public education campaigns.
- Staffing coalitions.
- Developing communications strategies, materials and tools.
Ideal Emerson Field Site Projects
- Engage with people most affected by poverty and hunger in meaningful ways.
- Provide an opportunity for Fellows to learn how programs and policies are designed and implemented at the community level and how they engage and affect people experiencing hunger and poverty.
- Craft substantive work plans that are clearly connected to the organization’s mission and allow Fellows to grow their professional skills.
- Do innovative work that improves the food security, health, well-being, economic security, and/or quality of life of low-income Americans.
- Link efforts to fight the symptoms of hunger with strategies to impact root causes, including racism and classism.
What Sites Provide
- Project work plans related to hunger and poverty in the U.S. and their root causes, including racism.
- A sliding scale cost share per Fellow, which must be paid to the Congressional Hunger Center.
- Payment of a program cost share per Fellow based on the table below, which must be submitted to the Congressional Hunger Center in June 2017.
|Field Site Organizations with
||Cost Share Amount*
|Budgets under $1 Million
|Budgets between $1-10 Million
|Budgets over $10 Million
*Organizations in Washington, D.C., New York City, and the Bay Area are asked to pay an additional ten percent fee, due to the high cost of living in these areas.
- Community support for the organization and the proposed project. We prioritize host organizations that build strong partnerships with or are led by people directly impacted by hunger and poverty.
- Supervisor to provide the support, oversight, resources, knowledge, and access Fellows need to achieve the goals of the work plan.
- Mentoring: Supervisors make a commitment to supporting the leadership development of Fellows by serving as mentors.
- A safe, welcoming environment for Fellows of all races, genders, class backgrounds, and sexual orientations.
- Emerson Fellows are placed in host communities in pairs. Organizations may submit an application with 2 work plans for two Fellows or encourage another organization in the same city to apply. Please be in touch with Jon Wogman for more information.
- Field Site Agreement: Selected agencies will be required to sign an agreement outlining additional expectations of host sites.