The 2024 Hunger Leadership Awards

Our 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 building the momentum to achieve zero hunger in the U.S. and around the world.

Our annual celebration of exemplary leaders in the fight to end hunger and poverty will return
Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 6-8 p.m.


our 2024 Award Recipients

Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell

(Emerson '03)
Outstanding Alum Hunger Leadership Award

Bryan Pride

Bryan Pride

(Leland '21)
Rising Star Hunger Leadership Award

Coming Soon

More Awards Recipients Announced Soon!


Building the Momentum

The theme of this year's Hunger Leadership Awards is "Building Momentum to Zero Hunger." We believe that everyone has a role to play in ending hunger, so we invite you to let us know—what's happening in your community that is building the momentum to zero hunger? We may share your submissions before and during the ceremony and with our online audience.


Thank You to Our SponSors


Amazon Logo


ADM Logo
General Mills
PepsiCo Logo


American Beverage Logo
Cargill Logo
Kraft Heinz
Walmart Logo


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Share Our Strength Logo
The Russell Group
World Food Program USA


American Farm Bureau Foundation
Consumer Brands Association Logo
FMI The Food Industry Association Logo
MAZON: A Jewsih Response to Hunger
Torrey Advisory Group



Bunge North America

Food Research & Action Center

Mars, Inc.

Marshall and Debbie Matz

National Corn Growers Association

National Grocers Association

North American Millers' Association

Root Cause Coalition

Eric Steiner



Past Award recipients

We present outstanding leaders from the U.S. government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors 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

Gov. David Beasley, Former Executive Director of World Food Programme

Rev. David Beckmann

Senator Roy Blunt

Senator John Boozman

C&S Wholesale Grocers

Paul Carothers

Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.

Senator Thad Cochran

USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon

Senator Chris Coons

Stephen and Ayesha Curry and the Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation

Representative Rosa DeLauro

Senator Elizabeth Dole

Christy Duncan Anderson and the Albertsons Companies Foundation

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

Yolanda Gordon

Ambassador Tony Hall

Senator Tom Harkin

Dominique Hazzard and DC Greens

Janie Simms Hipp

Senator Johnny Isakson

Representative Barbara Lee

Representative Lynn Jenkins

David Kantor

Senator Herb Kohl

Representative John Lewis

Senator Richard G. Lugar

Dora Martinez

Marshall Matz

Representative Michael McCaul

Representative Betty McCollum

Joan McGlockton and the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Representative James P. McGovern

Representative Gregory Meeks

Mary Jane Melendez and the General Mills Foundation

Manly Molpus

Representative Gwen Moore

Senator Jerry Moran

Representative Donald M. Payne

Matt Perin and the Kroger Co. Foundation

Representative Collin Peterson

Representative Chellie Pingree

The Poor People's Campaign

Senator Pat Roberts

Lisa Marsh Ryerson and AARP Foundation

Representative Bobby Scott

Representative Chris Smith

Senator Debbie Stabenow

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Representative Jackie Walorski

Senator Roger Wicker

Jim Weill

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

Michelle DeFreese

Indivar Dutta-Gupta

Tony Eskridge

Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines

Anne-Claire Hervy

Marc Jacobson

Carmen Jaquez

Michael Johnson

Shana McDavis Conway

Matt Newell-Ching

Adam Norikane

Tammy Palmer

Shane Murphy Goldsmith

Javier Silva

Richard H. Stolz

Christine Tran

Emily Wei


Nominate a Leader

The Hunger Leadership Awards honor distinguished leaders who are chosen for their significant contributions in the fight to end hunger. They embody the determination necessary to make hunger and poverty a focal point of U.S. policy at home and globally.

Nominations for the 2024 Hunger Leadership Awards are now closed. We look forward to announcing our award recipients later this spring.

Shannon Maynard and Yolanda Gordon at the 2023 Hunger Leadership Awards