Who We Are
Founded in 1993 by a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, we are a global nonprofit organization dedicated to the principle that access to nutritious, affordable, and culturally appropriate food is a basic human right. We develop, inspire, and connect leaders in the movement to end hunger, and advocate for public policies that will create a food secure world.
We develop, inspire, and connect leaders in the movement to end hunger, and advocate for public policies to create a food-secure world.
Leader In Action
Emerson Fellow De’Sean Weber gives an interview to local media on his work for the Health Corners initiative in Jersey City, N.J.
Our Fellows & Interns
Max De Faria
Emerson Fellow, Zero Hunger Intern
Isis Blanco Vera
Program and Operations Associate
Chief Operating Officer
Communications and Engagement Manager
Senior Director, Leland International Hunger Fellowship
Director, Emerson National Hunger Fellowship
Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Policy
Associate, Emerson National Hunger Fellowship
Representative James P. McGovern
Member of Congress, Hunger Center Board Chair
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee
Member of Congress
Karen Coble Edwards
Principal at KCE Public Affairs Associates, Hunger Center Board Vice Chair
Director, Political Affairs at Bayer, Hunger Center Board Secretary
Senior Fellow at the Food Research & Action Center
Member of Congress (Retired), Distinguished Professor at National Defense University
Global Head of Human Resources, International Baccalaureate Organization
Gerri Mason Hall
Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Social Responsibility Officer, Sodexo
Executive Director, DC Action for Children
President and CEO at Food Marketing Institute
Professor of Practice, Hamline University
Principal at Athira Solutions, Hunger Center Board Treasurer
Founding Principal at North South Government Strategies
Eric J. Steiner
Senior Director of U.S. Government Affairs at Elanco Animal Health
Mary Catherine Toker
Vice President of Government Relations at General Mills, Inc.
Mickey Leland and Bill Emerson. Photo credit: Marty LaVor
In 1983, U.S. Representatives Benjamin Gilman (R-N.Y.), Mickey Leland (D-Texas) and Tony Hall (D-Ohio) formed the House Select Committee on Hunger to find sustainable solutions to national and international hunger and poverty. Rep. Leland chaired the committee until his death during a famine relief mission to the Horn of Africa in 1989.
In 1993, the House allowed a number of select committees to expire including the House Select Committee on Hunger. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Hall, responded by embarking on a 22-day fast, an act that garnered bipartisan support to form the Congressional Hunger Center as a nonprofit organization to help ensure Congress continued to address hunger. Representative Bill Emerson (R-Mo.) joined Rep. Hall as the first co-chairs of the Congressional Hunger Center's Board of Directors.