Special Reports & White Papers
How to Engage Local and State Elected Officials in Support of Child Hunger Initiatives
Edward M. Cooney,
Former Staff Member
This paper is part of a series of occasional white papers produced by the Congressional Hunger Center that offer a concise “primer” on key aspects of policymaking and implementation on childhood hunger and nutrition issues. The series is intended to provide a broad range of stakeholders with information they can use in seeking to improve the nutrition and health status of children. It is part of The CHILD Project (Children’s Hunger Initiative on Learning and Development), supported by the ConAgra Foods Foundation.
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Publication tags: Special Reports & White Papers - Advocacy and Education, Domestic Federal Nutrition Programs - Advocates (including legal advocates), Children
Edward M. Cooney served as the Congressional Hunger Center’s (CHC) Executive Director from February 5, 2001 to September 8, 2015. Prior to joining CHC, Ed was an anti hunger advocate at the Food Research and Action Center and Connecticut Legal Services. From September 1997 to January 2001, Ed held two senior positions at the United States Department of Agriculture as Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs and Special Assistant for Nutrition to USDA Secretary Dan Glickman.
Ed was a member of USDA’s Senior Executive Service, the government’s top management team. As an advocate or nutrition program administrator, Ed worked with allied groups on every major children nutrition and Food Stamp (SNAP) bill since 1977. Ed received the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition from the Global Child Nutrition Association and the School Nutrition Association in 2008.
Ed received a BA degree in History from the College of the Holy Cross and a JD degree from the University of Connecticut Law School.
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