A Message from CHC Executive Director Shannon Maynard (National Hunger Fellow Alumna, '98)
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October 13, 2015

Dear Friend of the Hunger Center,

Last week marked the one month anniversary of my arrival as the new Executive Director of the Congressional Hunger Center. It has been a fulfilling month, hallmarked by:
  • Welcoming the 8th class of Leland International Fellows and seeing them off on their one-year field assignments in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, India, Nepal, Timor-Leste, and Haiti.
  • Learning more about the evolution of the Emerson Domestic Fellows program and the emphasis it now places on racial equity and recruiting fellows who have lived experiences of poverty to bring to their fellowship class and their host organizations. You can read more about the 22nd class of Emerson fellows and their field work here.
  • Pope Francis’s visit to the United States and powerful message to Congress—and the American public—that the fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts. Both his words and actions served as a call for many—including me—to ask, “What more can I be doing to help society’s most vulnerable?” 
  • The UN launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goal Two—that by 2030, we will end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
  • Meeting with CHC’s staff, board members, current fellows, alumni, donors, and allies and learning what the CHC’s work means to them and hearing their ideas for how we can grow our impact.
I plan to meet with many more of you as we embark on a strategic planning process to chart CHC’s future direction, asking ourselves the question, “How do we exponentially train and inspire more leaders to work to end hunger while ensuring we have public policies in place that help us realize a food secure world?” Here are three ways that you can get involved in the coming months:
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Champion our End-of-Year Giving Campaign

In November, we’ll kick off an end-of-year online campaign to raise money toward an “innovation fund” that will seed some of the new ideas we have for growing our impact (including the launch of a formal alumni program). Please consider how you can ask your friends and colleagues to contribute to CHC or what kind of donation you can make. 
Four 21st-class Emerson Fellows on mid-field retreat


Alumni: Serve as a Class Captain

We’re piloting some new ways to engage alumni and would love to identify individuals who are willing and interested to serve as a “class captain” for a 12-month period. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please email alumni@hungercenter.org
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Volunteer to Host Us in Your City

Starting in January 2016, we’re going on a cross-country tour to tell the story of CHC and seek input on our strategic plan. We’re coming to the Bay Area, LA, Chicago, New York, and wherever else we can line up a critical mass of alumni, supporters, and potential new donors and partner meetings. If you’d like to volunteer to help us organize a “stop” in your city or have suggestions for people we should be meeting with, please email ustour@hungercenter.org
Ending hunger as we know it by 2030 is a bold but achievable goal. It will require leaders like Pope Francis, Mickey Leland, Bill Emerson, and you—leaders who have the courage to take risks and persistently work to pave the way to a food secure world.

In Service,

Shannon Maynard

Executive Director
4th Class Emerson Hunger Fellow Alumna
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