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.

Our Mission


We develop, inspire, and connect leaders in the movement to end hunger, and advocate for public policies to create a food-secure world.

Learn why we focus on leadership

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.

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Our Fellows & Interns


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Trish Abalo
Emerson Fellow

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Rhiley Allbee
Leland Fellow

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Alexa Angelo
Emerson Fellow

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Mariama Badjie
Emerson Fellow

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Sandrine Bakuramutsa
Zero Hunger Internship

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Analicia Bañales
Emerson Fellow

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Jarvis Benson
Emerson Fellow

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Madelaine Britt
Emerson Fellow

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Mary Jane Builes
Zero Hunger Internship

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Esther Davila
Emerson Fellow

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Jaylah Davis
Zero Hunger Internship

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Methany Eltigani
Emerson Fellow

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Gasana Elyvine
Zero Hunger Internship

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Rachel Flores
Emerson Fellow

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Alyssa Fortner
Zero Hunger Internship

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Caroline George
Emerson Fellow

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Cassandra Granville
Emerson Fellow

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Chloe Green
Emerson Fellow

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Sebastian Hickey
Emerson Fellow

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Sara Higgins
Leland Fellow

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Sofia Hinojosa
Emerson Fellow

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Emily Hwang
Emerson Fellow

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Jacob Ivey
Zero Hunger Internship

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Margaux Johnson-Green
Emerson Fellow

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Jini Kades
Leland Fellow

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Riley Link
Emerson Fellow

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Tiphaine Monroe
Leland Fellow

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Dan Myers
Leland Fellow

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Navya Nadimpalli
Leland Fellow

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Khiem Nguyen
Zero Hunger Internship

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Anne Marie Noll
Emerson Fellow

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Marisa Nowicki
Leland Fellow

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Hinal Patel
Zero Hunger Internship

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Emma Peterson
Zero Hunger Internship

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Britney Powell
Zero Hunger Internship

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Bryan Pride
Leland Fellow

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Aedan Raleigh
Zero Hunger Internship

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Ivan Ruiz-Hernandez
Zero Hunger Internship

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Jessi Russell
Zero Hunger Internship

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Jacqueline Shieh
Leland Fellow

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Megan Smith
Emerson Fellow

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Amit Smotrich
Leland Fellow

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Heather Street
Emerson Fellow

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Paige Swanson
Zero Hunger Internship

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Isis Blanco Vera
Leland Fellow

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Allyson Vertti
Leland Fellow

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Sean Walsh
Emerson Fellow

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Michael Wang
Leland Fellow

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Erin Warren
Zero Hunger Internship

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Emma Williamson
Emerson Fellow

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Maria Wrabel
Leland Fellow

Meet our Alums

Our HisTory

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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.

our supporters


We couldn’t do our work alone. We’re grateful to our funders for the generous financial and in-kind support that makes our work possible.