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Congressional Hunger Center Annual Awards Ceremony
By Emily Ardalan, GHI Public Affairs and Research Intern
The Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) is a bi-partisan non-profit organization which aims to ensure that the issues of domestic and international hunger are a priority to policymakers in the United States. They work to inspire and support leaders through their two leadership development programs: the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program and the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program.
CHC celebrates exceptional leaders and recognizes supporting partners at the Annual Awards Ceremony in the US Botanic Garden. To recognize exceptional leadership in ending hunger and poverty, the staff give awards to deserving individuals from Congress, the Administration and from the next generation of emerging leaders. The awards commemorate former Members of Congress and bi-partisan leaders, Bill Emerson (R-Missouri) and Mickey Leland (D-Texas), who worked together in Congress to fight hunger and poverty.
This year, the CHC recognized Representative Marcia L. Fudge, Representative Lynn Jenkins, and USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Food Services Kevin Concannon as distinguished honorees. Christine Tran, and Giselle Aris, two former fellows from the CHC fellowship program, were also honored for their continued dedication to the promotion of domestic and international food security.
To date, CHC has trained over 500 leaders who are the next generation committed to ending hunger in our lifetime. Congratulations to all the honorees!