January 30, 2017

Dear Friend of the Hunger Center,

Greetings from the Congressional Hunger Center! We hope this quarterly update finds you off to a good start in the New Year. This winter is application season for the next classes of Emerson and Leland Fellows. With CHC staff receiving a combined 668 applications to either program before the January 11th deadline, it is reassuring that even in uncertain times, the will to fight hunger in the U.S. and abroad is as strong as ever. Read on for updates from the Leland and Emerson programs, alumni news, and ways you can join in our work—

FELLOWSHIP UPDATES

Leland Fellows at Work

The Leland Fellows are halfway through their year-long policy placements in Washington, D.C.; Dublin, Ireland; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Their policy work expands on their field work from 2015-2016, and includes:
  • adapting and improving manuals of agricultural best practices
  • increasing collaboration between U.S., Latin American, and South Asian agricultural universities
  • researching effects of climate change on nutrition
Many projects feature an emphasis on improving monitoring & evaluation and data analysis. The 8th Class of Leland Fellows will serve at their policy placements through the end of August 2017.
Spotlight on Jennie Lane and Land O'Lakes International Development Division. In December, Jennie's work around resilience in livestock at her field site in Malawi was the subject of an article on Land O' Lakes' blog. In addition to improving dairy value chains in 80 countries, Land O' Lakes IDD has partnered with CHC since 2003, hosting Leland Fellows in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Emerson Fellows Prepare for Transition

Emerson fellows are wrapping up their field work around the country and preparing to relocate to Washington, D.C. as the first half of their Fellowship draws to a close. In late February they'll convene at CHC headquarters for a two-week training that will prepare them for working on national policy initiatives, campaigns, and research with their policy placements. [Read more about the Fellows' policy partners here]
Spotlight on Imani Marshall and Market Umbrella. Imani has been working to identify barriers to breastfeeding among women of color in New Orleans. Market Umbrella works to support public markets to benefit communities, small farmers, and local food traditions. Market Umbrella is also one of seven organizations that CHC is partnering with for the first time this year; look here for the complete list of field sites for the 23rd class.

ALUMNI NEWS

R to L: Emerson Alumni and current Hunger Fellows Rich Stolz (3rd Class), Eduardo Hernandez (23rd Class), Remy Trupin (3rd Class), Laurie Tran (22nd Class), and Alysha Alani (23rd Class) meet to eat and discuss their fellowship experiences in Seattle, WA.
  • Emerson alumna Julia Kortrey (21st Class) wrote this piece about organizing around paid family and medical leave.
  • In October, Leland alumna Shannon Patty-Stoddard (7th Class) joined fellow alumnae Samantha Alvis (7th class) and Anne-Claire Hervy (4th class) and current Leland Fellow Michelle DeFreese at the International Programs initiative of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.
Hello alums! My name is Zack Bly. I've worked at CHC since 2015, and I've recently taken the position of Communications & Engagement Specialist. I'm honored to be working with so many passionate and brilliant folks, and look forward to getting to know you all better as we build a stronger alumni network together. Keep an eye out for updates about CHC alumni affairs—and meanwhile, if you have thoughts or ideas you'd like to share, or just a quick update on what's new in your post-fellowship life, please drop me a line! I'd love to hear from you.

POLICY UPDATES

The White House, view from the front lawn
In December, CHC joined its voice with 11 organizations that make up the National Anti-Hunger Organizations in releasing a statement addressed to the incoming Congress and President Trump. The statement calls for safeguarding federal nutrition programs like SNAP, NSLP, CACFP, WIC and others from block granting or structural changes. From the statement:
"Together, these federal nutrition programs reduce hunger and poverty, improve health and learning, increase productivity, create jobs, and strengthen our communities. They help the many people in our country—of all ages, races, ethnicities, and life circumstances—who are struggling. This includes seniors, children, people with disabilities, military and veterans’ families, low-wage workers, unemployed and underemployed adults, and others."
Read the full text here. CHC will continue to monitor any proposed changes to the federal nutrition programs.

OTHER NEWS

CHC mourns the passing of anti-hunger advocate Kathy Ozer from cancer on 1/22/2017. Kathy was the executive director of the National Family Farm Coalition and a tireless advocate for justice. Kathy also served as a supervisor for numerous Emerson Hunger Fellows, hosting a fellow in each class from 2009 to the present. Her dedication to ensuring a food system that works for everyone will live on as an inspiration to us all.

GET INVOLVED

 

Host an Emerson Fellow

The work that Emerson Fellows complete in the field is an essential part of their leadership development training. This spring, the Emerson program will recruit organizations to host the 24th Class of Fellows. Do you know of a community organization that would benefit from working with a passionate anti-hunger leader this fall? Read more about applying here! For further inquiries, contact Emerson Program Manager Jon Wogman.
 

Sponsor the Awards Ceremony

CHC's Annual Awards Ceremony will be held June 13th, 2017. Sponsorship of this event provides vital support to the Emerson and Leland Hunger Fellows programs. Learn more about how you or your company can support CHC's Awards Ceremony here.
 

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