Zero Hunger Summer Seminars

Enroll in the 2024 Seminars

Build your advocacy skills and join a virtual learning community of anti-hunger leaders at our Summer Seminars, an annual series on domestic and global hunger. This online learning experience is open to anyone interested in alleviating hunger and poverty through public policy, and current college students are especially encouraged to attend.

Fight Hunger This Summer

The world faces a growing hunger crisis caused by a global pandemic.

In order to solve the problem, it is critical that we first understand the root causes of hunger, and the power of public policy to address or exacerbate them.

The Zero Hunger Summer Seminars are an online learning experience for anyone who wants to become an effective advocate for ending hunger and poverty through public policy. At the seminars, you will:

  • Hear discussions with experts from a variety of career paths and backgrounds, and how they use their voices and expertise to combat hunger
  • Learn about timely issues related to domestic and global hunger
  • Discover the work of Zero Hunger Interns through their final presentations
  • Become familiar with the work of anti-hunger organizations at work in the United States and around the world
  • Develop your skills as a leader, guided by the Hunger Center’s leadership capabilities model
  • Earn a certificate of completion from the Hunger Center

Be THe Change

To reach zero hunger, we need bold leaders who understand the systems that contribute to food insecurity and can develop solutions and lead change in our organizations, programs, and policies. By attending the Zero Hunger Summer Seminars, you are gaining the insight and skills to be a successful anti-hunger advocate in your community and beyond.

Right: Zero Hunger Intern Chido Shamuyarira delivers her final presentation, August 2019


2022 Zero Hunger Summer Seminars

Schedule of Events

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2024 Zero Hunger Summer Seminars

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Session One

U.S. Hunger and Network Building for Social Change

June 11, 2021 9:00 am — 1:00 pm ET

For our first session of the series, we will introduce the program and our values and goals for the summer. Our expert speakers will provide an overview of food security in the United States from the perspective of federal policy advocates. You will also get an overview of networking and its importance, both for creating systemic change and developing your own professional contacts.

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Carrie Calvert

Vice President, Government Relations
Feeding America

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Chonya Davis Johnson

Senior Domestic Policy Advisor
Bread for the World

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Minerva Delgado

Director of Coalitions & Advocacy
Alliance to End Hunger

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Shannon Maynard

Executive Director
Congressional Hunger Center

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Ellen Teller

Director of Government Affairs
Food Research & Action Center

Session Two

Global Hunger and Its Root Causes

June 25, 2021 9:00 am — 1:00 pm ET

This session will introduce key concepts in approaching global hunger and explore the main drivers of hunger around the world. You will also meet Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows and learn how their work plans approach global food security from many different angles. 

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James Wangu

PhD Researcher, Inclusive agribusiness, food and nutrition security Utrecht University

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10th Class Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows

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Session Three

Root Causes of Hunger in the United States

July 9, 2021 9:00 am — 1:00 pm ET

In this session, we will explore how race impacts food security in the United States, and we will deep dive into four root causes/lenses of hunger. Using the Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation, we will explore the role the racial wealth gap plays in leaving communities of color vulnerable to food insecurity. Then, experts in the field of hunger will introduce us to four major root causes/lenses of hunger: hunger in Native American communities, hunger within immigrant communities, low-wage jobs as a driver of hunger, and gender inequality as a driver of hunger.

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Sarah Hassmer

Senior Counsel for Income Security
National Women's Law Center

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Lexie Holden

Emerson National Hunger Fellow
Food Research & Action Center

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Renato Rocha

Senior Policy Analyst
Center for Law and Social Policy

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Sam Stevens

Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Policy
Congressional Hunger Center

Session Four

Policy and the U.S. Government Approach to Global Food Security

July 16, 2021 9:00 am — 1:00 pm ET

In this session, we will first explore the United States government’s approach to global food security. We will host a panel that explores how public service can be used as a tool of social change, with an emphasis on change related to food security.

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Morgan Kinross-Wright

VP Community Relations & Executive Director
Land O’Lakes Foundation

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Gawain Kripke

Double Dogwood LLC

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Ricardo Quinto

Senior Lead, Public Policy and Product Communications

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Nary Rath

Program Manager

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Ridhwan Sedique

Litigation Assistant
Natural Resources Defense Council

Session Five

Storytelling, Social Change, and End of Summer Presentations

July 30, 2021 9:00 am — 1:00 pm ET

Our final session will examine the power of personal storytelling as a tool for advocacy. We will also see final presentations from the 4th Class of Zero Hunger Interns, who will demonstrate practical plans for using advocacy to reduce food insecurity in their home communities.

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Yolanda Gordon

Senior Associate, Expansion and Advocacy

Zero Hunger Interns

2021 Zero Hunger Interns

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Thank You

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation for their generous support of the Zero Hunger Summer Seminars.
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