Our Supporters

Ending hunger by 2030 will take the combined efforts of many agencies, nonprofits, companies, and individuals, working across sectors and across the globe. We can’t do our work alone. We’re grateful to our generous funders, donors, and in-kind partners who make our work possible!

government partners


Major support for the Bill Emerson National and Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows programs comes from our federal government partners.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been the principal funder since 2000, annually proving substantial support for our flagship Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program and Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program.

The U.S. Agency for International Development is our newest government partner. In 2018, the Agency’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance named the Hunger Center as the grantee in an award designed to expand the Leland International Hunger Fellows Program and support leadership development for emergency humanitarian nutrition assistance.

Corporate Partners


Thank you to these companies and foundations whose support enables us to innovate and expand our programs and initiatives.

C&S Wholesale Grocers has provided annual support for the Emerson National Hunger Fellows’ work on child hunger and child nutrition since 2005.

The General Mills Foundation has supported the Hunger Leadership Awards and the Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program since 2012. On July 13, 2018, the General Mills Foundation received the Corporate Partner Hunger Leadership Award for their steadfast support of the Hunger Center and the foundation’s philanthropic leadership around anti-hunger efforts.

The Kroger Co. Foundation has supported the Hunger Leadership Awards and the Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program since 2017.

PepsiCo has sponsored the Hunger Leadership Awards since 2012, and, beginning in 2019, has been supporting the Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program’s work in Chicago, Ill.

The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has supported the Emerson National Hunger Fellows’ work on child hunger and child nutrition since 2000, and has invested in new strategic projects like our Zero Hunger Initiative and the 2018 Global Anti-Hunger Corps Summit. On July 9, 2019, the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation received the Corporate Partner Hunger Leadership Award for their stalwart support of the Hunger Center and for sharing a unique understanding and commitment to the important role young people play in our ability to end hunger by 2030.

Tyson Foods, Inc. has sponsored the Hunger Leadership Awards since 2012, and has supported the Emerson National Hunger Fellows' work into rural communities since 2018.

A special thanks to these additional partners:
Morgan Lewis and Sidley Austin

Do you have an idea for how your organization could partner with us?
Contact Development Associate Kiana Kelly today!

Our Partner Organizations


Hunger Leadership Awards Sponsors

The Hunger Leadership Awards are designed to celebrate the dedication of exemplary leaders in the fight to end hunger and poverty. Sponsors of the Awards contribute the lion’s share of our unrestricted funding, making it possible to sustain our programs and to work toward our mission of fighting hunger by developing leaders. View our full list of 2019 sponsors and sponsor benefits.

Individual Donors

Thank you to our network of alums and other supporters who donate to make our work possible! You, too, can donate to support our mission of fighting hunger by developing leaders.