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 in the U.S. and around the world.

Hunger Leadership Awards 2021

Sponsor the 2022 Hunger Leadership Awards

Learn more about the benefits of sponsorship and how your support contributes to the Hunger Center's mission in our 2022 Sponsorship Prospectus.

Make a Pledge

Thank you for pledging to support the Congressional Hunger Center!

Upon completion of this form Laura Tarre from our development team will follow up with an invoice for your sponsorship. If you have any questions, connect with Laura at [email protected]. The 2022 Hunger Leadership Awards is not a ticketed event, so your sponsorship is tax deductible. The Hunger Center is a bipartisan tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Tax ID Code is 52-1842738.

Nominate a Leader

Our annual celebration of exemplary leaders in the fight to end hunger and poverty took place virtually on
Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

Read the Recap of the 2021 Awards

Meet Our Award Recipients

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Sen. Roy Blunt

Bill Emerson & Mickey Leland Lifetime Achievement Hunger Leadership Award

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C&S Wholesale Grocers

Corporate Partner Hunger Leadership Award

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Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines

Alum Hunger Leadership Award

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Poor People's Campaign

Community Partner Hunger Leadership Award

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Janie Simms Hipp

Trailblazer Hunger Leadership Award

2022 Hunger Leadership Awards Sponsors

The Congressional Hunger Center would like to express our gratitude to the following generous sponsors of the 2022 Hunger Leadership Awards.








American Frozen Food Institute

Bread for the World

Bunge North America

Eric J. Steiner

Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)

Kate Houston

Marshall Matz

National Corn Growers Association

National Farmers Union

National Grocers Association

North American Millers' Association

Ria Shah

SNAC International

The Sugar Association

Interested in becoming a 2022 Hunger Leadership Awards Sponsor? Contact Laura Tarre today.

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Indivar Dutta-Gupta

Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines

Anne-Claire Hervy

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

Leadership Matters

Meet our Panelists

We all know that in the fight to end hunger, Leadership Matters. Join us to hear from our distinguished panel of award recipients on the crucial role that leadership plays in creating a hunger-free world.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
The Poor People's Campaign
Recipient of the Community Partner Hunger Leadership Award
Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

The Poor People's Campaign
Recipient of the Community Partner Hunger Leadership Award
Janie Simms Hipp

Janie Simms Hipp

Recipient of the Trailblazer Hunger Leadership Award
Alana Fiero

Alana Fiero

C&S Wholesale Grocers
Recipient of the Corporate Partner Hunger Leadership Award
Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines

Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines

Recipient of the Alum Hunger Leadership Award

Get Involved

Submit a Question for our Panel Discussion!

What questions do you have about hunger and leadership for our distinguished panel? Submit your question using the form linked below.

Submit Your Question

Thank You

To our award recipients, and to all our sponsors, attendees, partners, and supporters, thank you for sharing our belief that hunger is solvable, and for all that you do to create a hunger-free world.