The Hunger Leadership Awards

This annual event brings together leaders from government, philanthropy, the private sector, and the wider anti-hunger community to recognize distinguished leaders whose vision and commitment are paving the way to achieving zero hunger, both in the U.S. and around the world.

2020 Hunger Leadership Awards


The Hunger Leadership Awards is an annual celebration of the dedication of exemplary leaders in the fight to end hunger and poverty.

This year's ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 19, at Historic Eastern Market in Washington, D.C.

Become an Awards Sponsor

Read our 2020 Awards Prospectus to learn more about this year's event, including benefits of sponsorship, sample event program, how to become a sponsor, and more.

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Nominate an Outstanding Leader

Who do you think should be recognized at the 2020 Hunger Leadership Awards? We are accepting nominations for Members of Congress, philanthropic leaders, corporate leaders, and nonprofit and community leaders. Share your award recipient nomination by Friday, February 21 for consideration.

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Past Award recipients


We present outstanding leaders from the U.S. government and the nonprofit sector with the Bill Emerson & Mickey Leland Hunger Leadership Award for their significant contributions in fighting hunger in the U.S. and around the world.

Chef José Andrés

Senator Roy Blunt

Senator John Boozman

Paul Carothers

Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.

Senator Thad Cochran

USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon

Representative Rosa DeLauro

Senator Elizabeth Dole

Senator Dick Durbin

Representative Jo Ann Emerson

Representative Sam Farr

Deborah A. Frank, MD, Founder Children’s HealthWatch

Senator Al Franken

Representative Marcia Fudge

USDA Secretary Dan Glickman

Ambassador Tony Hall

Senator Tom Harkin

Senator Johnny Isakson

Representative Lynn Jenkins

David Kantor

Senator Herb Kohl

Representative John Lewis

Senator Richard G. Lugar

Marshall Matz

Representative Betty McCollum

Joan McGlockton and the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Representative James P. McGovern


Mary Jane Melendez and the General Mills Foundation

Manly Molpus

Representative Gwen Moore

Senator Jerry Moran

Representative Donald M. Payne

Representative Collin Peterson

Representative Chellie Pingree

Senator Pat Roberts

Representative Bobby Scott

Representative Chris Smith

Senator Debbie Stabenow

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Representative Jackie Walorski

Representative Frank Wolf

Senator Todd Young

We also recognize outstanding alums from the Bill Emerson National and Mickey Leland International Fellowships for their continued dedication to promote food security in the U.S. and around the world.

Ashley Aakesson

Giselle Aris

Damiana Astudillo

Lindsey R. Baker

Kate Bolz

Cara Brumfield

Indivar Dutta-Gupta

Anne-Claire Hervy

Carmen Jaquez

Michael Johnson

Shana McDavis Conway

Adam Norikane

Tammy Palmer

Shane Murphy Goldsmith

Javier Silva

Richard H. Stolz

Christine Tran

Emily Wei