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      July 2009 Vol. 6, No. 1                                                                                                         the Congressional Hunger Center newsletter

     CHC Pays Tribute to Mickey Leland
     C    HC honored the
          memory of former
     Representative Mickey
                                                          fleeing from conflict in
                                                          Sudan. Congressional staff
                                                          members, State Department
                                                                                                                  and in the United States. Next,
                                                                                                                  the legendary civil rights
                                                                                                                  leader, Representative John
                                                                                                                                                                      with The Mickey Leland
                                                                                                                                                                      Hunger Leader Award by CHC
                                                                                                                                                                      Founder, Ambassador Tony
     Leland at the beautiful U.S.                         officials, USAID and Peace                              Lewis, delivered a moving                           P. Hall; and
     Botanic Garden, on May 19,                           Corps personnel and                                     tribute speech honoring                               l Senator Thad
     2009. Representative Leland                          Ethiopian nationals were with                           Mickey Leland.                                      Cochran was presented with
     was a Member of the U.S.                             him on the flight that day.                                We then proudly honored                          The Mickey Leland Hunger
     House of Representatives from                           At the event, CHC’s 275                              four outstanding national                           Leader Award by CHC board
     Houston, Texas. During six                           guests included Members                                 leaders who have dedicated                          co-chair, Representative
     terms in the Congress and five                       of Congress, senior officials                           their lives and their work to                       James P. McGovern.
     years as a Texas state legislator                    from the U.S. Department                                fighting hunger and poverty                           Alison Leland joined us
     and Democratic Party offi-                           of Agriculture, and corpo-                              in the U.S. and across the                          that evening from Houston,
     cial he successfully brought                         rate and nonprofit leaders,                             globe:                                              Texas. Staff from the former
     attention to human rights                            as well as current Emerson                                                                                  House Select Committee
     issues and rallied support that                      and Leland Hunger Fellows                                                                                   on Hunger were present,
     resulted in both public and                          and alumni, and CHC board                                                                                   including Marty Rendon,
     private action. Together with                        members and staff.                                                                                          Patricia Johnson, Ray
     Representative Benjamin                                 Master of Ceremonies,                                                                                    Boshara, and Marty LaVor.
     Gilman, Leland founded the                           CHC executive director                                                                                      A highlight of the evening
     House Select Committee on                            Edward M. Cooney, wel-                                                                                      was a videotaped message
                                                                                                                                                         Sonny Odom
     Hunger in 1984.                                      comed the guests and paid                                                                                   from Chris Matthews of
                                                          tribute to the Emerson and                                                                                  MSNBC/Hardball. Matthews
                                                          Leland Fellows and alumni                               (Left to Right) Mickey Leland
                                                          now serving throughout the                              International Hunger Fellow Adam
                                                          United States and in over 20                            Norikanel Representative Donald M.
                                                          countries around the world.                             Payne; Representative Sheila Jackson
                                                          Dr. Kathleen Merrigan,                                  Lee; Alison Leland; Bill Emerson
                                                          the USDA Deputy Secretary                               National Hunger Fellows Veronica
                                             Sonny Odom

                                                          of Agriculture, gave a special                          Conti and Sarah Custer

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sonny Odom
                                                          address about hunger overseas
                                                                                                                    l Representative
     (Left to Right) Bill Emerson National
     Hunger Fellow Ayanna Williams;                                                                               Donald Payne was pre-                               (Left to Right) Deputy Director
     Representative Jo Ann Emerson;                                                                               sented with The Mickey                              Margaret Zeigler; Hunter Moorhead of
     Senator Herb Kohl and Jon Janowski of                                                                        Leland Hunger Leader Award                          the Office of Senator Thad Cochran,
     Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee                                                                               by CHC board member,                                and Representative Jim McGovern
                                                                                                                  Representative Sheila
        August 7, 2009 marks the                                                                                  Jackson Lee;                                        traveled with Mickey Leland
                                                                                                     Sonny Odom

     20th anniversary of the tragic                                                                                 l Senator Herb Kohl                               on one of his humanitarian
     plane crash that occurred                                                                                    was presented with The                              missions to Africa in the
     during a famine mission                              (Left to Right) Deputy Director
                                                                                                                  Mickey Leland Hunger Leader                         1980’s, and his videotaped
     in Ethiopia. Leland was on                           Margaret Zeigler; Ambassador Tony                       Award by CHC board co-chair,                        message at the event vividly
     the plane and was lead-                              Hall; Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.; Bill                Representative Jo Ann                               captured their experiences
      ing a mission to a refugee                          Emerson National Hunger Fellow Nikki                    Emerson;                                            as they encountered hungry
         camp, which sheltered                            Mosuro and Mickey Leland International                    l Senator Robert P.                               refugees, militant warlords,
           thousands of civilians                         Hunger Fellow Meaghan Murphy                            Casey, Jr. was presented                            continued on page 3

          Fighting Hunger by Developing Leaders
Greetings from the Executive Director
By Edward M. Cooney

O    n July 22nd, we proudly
     celebrated the 15th class
of Emerson National Hunger
                                   Kathleen Merrigan
                                   greeted our guests and the
                                   USDA Food, Nutrition,
                                                                     Stamp) program in the
                                                                     economic stimulus legisla-
                                                                     tion. We also highlighted
                                                                                                           I have been an active mem-
                                                                                                        ber of the Community Food
                                                                                                        Security board of directors.
Fellows at their commence-         and Consumer Service              the importance of including        The board is nearing comple-
ment ceremony, held at the         Deputy Under Secretary            funding for expansion and          tion of its strategic plan for
Phoenix Park Hotel. Senator        Janey Thornton and                improvements for child nutri-      the next five years. Some of
Robert P. Casey, Jr. of            USDA Food and Nutrition           tion in the President’s 2010       the key policy objectives that
Pennsylvania joined members        Service Administrator             budget. We are very pleased        we will address are expanding
of the “Witnesses to Hunger        Julie Paradis were in             that the President accepted        direct participation of farmers
Project” from Philadelphia in      attendance. John Kelly,           the recommendations of             and farm products to supply
celebrating the success of the     Director of Faith Based and       CHC and other National             school lunch programs (Farm
Emerson Fellows that eve-          Community Initiatives             Anti Hunger Organizations          to School) and expanding the
ning. Our 4th class of Leland      Office at the Corporation for     (NAHO) regarding these legis-      availability and use of locally
International Hunger Fellows       National and Community            lative priorities.                 grown foods for the commu-
completed their two year           Service, and Max Finberg,            CHC has worked along-           nity as a whole.
fellowship in June. We will        Director of Faith Based and       side members of the Child             CHC proudly welcomes
have 35 new Emerson/Leland         Neighborhood Partnerships         Nutrition Forum on the             two new board members!
Fellows in 2009/2010 working       Office at USDA, were in           2009 Child Nutrition               Kimberly Perry, Kid’s
on five continents in 16 coun-     the audience as well. Both        Reauthorization. We have met       Movement Director of the
tries and in 10 U.S. States.       John and Max were former          with the key White House           Clinton Foundation’s Alliance
There were 540 applicants for      Directors of CHC’s National       staff on the Domestic Policy       for a Healthier Generation,
these 35 fellowships.              Hunger Fellowship program.        Council and the Office of          and Alejandra Lopez-
   Several new U.S.                  CHC has been actively           Management and Budget to           Fernandini of the New
Department of Agriculture          engaging with the Obama           express our views on how to        America Foundation, com-
staff helped CHC celebrate         Administration on a number        improve access to and the          menced their board service in
the life and legacy of former      of food security initiatives.     nutritional quality of meals       June, 2009. We look forward
U.S. Representative Mickey         We met with the Agriculture       served to children in school,      to working closely with them
Leland at the U.S. Botanic         Transition Team regarding         after school, in the summer        in the coming years as we
Garden on May 19th.                the need to include increased     and in pre-school child care       ‘fight hunger by developing
USDA Deputy Secretary              funding for the SNAP (Food        programs.                          leaders.’ l

  CHC hosts lunch for Witnesses to
  Hunger Participants and Emerson Fellows
  Forty mothers. Forty cam-         Drexel University School of      then recorded. By using           exhibit, shared lunch with
  eras. One purpose: to end         Public Health, acknowledges      this technique, known as          the Witnesses and project
  child hunger. “Witnesses to       that policies and programs are   “Photovoice,” the project has     staff, and left inspired by
  Hunger” is a project featuring    often created without par-       given the women a voice with      their accomplishments and
  photographs of Philadelphia       ticipation by people who are     a message that is now being       goals. CHC is honored to have
  women who are working to          most affected. Who better to     heard. senator robert             hosted this lunch, and we
  create better lives for their     speak on poverty and mater-      P. Casey, Jr. invited the         look forward to the continued
  children. On Thursday May 7,      nal and child health than        Witnesses to Hunger Exhibit       success of the Witnesses to
  these powerful Philadelphia       mothers of young children?       and participants to Capitol       Hunger project. To learn
  mothers joined Emerson fel-          Each participant was given    Hill. From May 4-8, the Russell   more about the project and
  lows and CHC staff in our         a digital camera, and asked      Rotunda featured the compel-      view the photos, visit: www.
  office for lunch and conversa-    to take pictures of what         ling pictures and stories of l
  tion. The project, begun by       poverty and hunger meant         these strong women. CHC
  Dr. Mariana Chilton of the        to them. Their stories were      staff and fellows viewed the

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Tribute to Mickey Leland
continued from page 1

and abandoned children in
Sudan and Ethiopia.
  Corporate, foundation,

                                                                           Sonny Odom
and individual contributions
for the Tribute event totaled
over $300,000 to benefit our       Representative Sheila Jackson Lee and
Mickey Leland International        Alesha Black with the Bill & Melinda
Hunger Fellows and our Bill        Gates Foundation.
Emerson National Hunger
Fellows. A special thank you
to all of our contributors who     Bunge North America, Inc.
made this event possible!          Friends of the World Food
Harvester ($25,000)
                                   Grocery Manufacturers
                                                                                        Mickey Leland’s Life and
American Airlines, Inc.
Bill & Melinda Gates
                                   International Dairy Foods
                                                                                        Legacy Tribute Evening
General Mills Foundation
                                   International Fund for                                On Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 the Congressional Hunger
Kraft Foods
                                     Agricultural Development                                Center (CHC) paid tribute to Mickey Leland, former
Monsanto Company
                                     (IFAD)                                                Representative from Houston, Texas, with a reception at
Sodexo Inc./Sodexo                                                                           the U.S. Botanic Garden. Mickey Leland and 15 other
                                   Roll Call
  Foundation                                                                            humanitarians lost their lives in a tragic plane crash on August
                                   Service Employees
Wal-Mart                                                                                 7, 1989 during a famine mission to Ethiopia. His dedication
                                     International Union (SEIU)                          to the fight against hunger serves as an inspiration and as a
Cultivator ($15,000)               Share Our Strength                                              foundation for CHC’s anti-hunger work.
Land O’Lakes                       Snack Food Association                               At the event we recognized the following individuals for their
                                   Victory Wholesale Group                                   important contributions to the fight against hunger:
sower ($10,000)
                                                                                                       Representative Donald M. Payne
Archer Daniels Midland             nonprofit sponsor
                                                                                                                Senator Herb Kohl
  Company                          ($1,000)
                                                                                                             Senator Thad Cochran
Feed the Children                  3M
Feeding America                    Bread for the World                                                     Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.
Mars, Inc.                         CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield                        Representative John Lewis graciously shared a memorial
                                                                                                  tribute to Mickey Leland at the event
National Dairy Council             Food Marketing Institute
                                   Food Research and Action                                    Thank you to the following sponsors who
Plower ($5,000)
                                     Center (FRAC)                                                    made this event possible!
Darden Restaurants
                                   Heifer International
Yum! Brands, Inc.
                                   MAZON: A Jewish Response
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
                                     to End Hunger
Friend of the                      North American Millers’
Center ($2,500)                      Association
American Beverage                  Students Team Up to Fight
  Association                        Hunger
AT&T                               USTelecom l

  During 2008, CHC applied for and has now received a
  $250,000 grant from the ConAgra Foods Foundation for
  the CHILD Project. CHILD is the Child Hunger Initiative on
  Learning and Development. This initiative will fund the field
  and policy placements of four Emerson National Hunger
  Fellows. The Emerson Fellows will focus on increasing access
  to and improving the nutritional quality of foods provided
  in federal child nutrition programs. We would like to thank
                                                                                         The Congressional Huger Center is a nonprofit, bipartisan, anti-hunger
  Feeding America and Share Our Strength (SOS) for their                                   leadership development organization located in Washington, DC.
  support on this initiative.                                                                       

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Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program Report
By Aileen Carr

Special Report: Emerson Program Anti-Racism Initiatives
T   he Emerson Program has
    been steadily working for
the last 6 years to incorporate
                                           critical for Emerson Hunger
                                           Fellows to be effective in
                                           their field and policy place-
                                                                             Field and Policy Sites
                                                                                The focus of our
                                                                             field site recruiting
an anti-racist approach to all             ments. It is also important to    efforts has shifted to
aspects of our work. What                  address issues of racism and      building relationships
began with an effort to have               other manifestations of social    with organizations in
more racially and economi-                 inequality, including classism    urban areas with high
cally diverse classes of fellows           and homophobia, within the        rates of hunger and
has evolved over the years                 community of Fellows. The         poverty in communi-
into what is now a strong                  Fellows themselves are such       ties of color, including
programmatic commitment                    a diverse group of young          New Orleans, New
to anti-racism. This commit-               leaders that we must provide      York City, Chicago, Boston,       National Council of La Raza,
ment is also the foundation                space to explore how issues       Los Angeles, and Oakland.         and Migrant Legal Action
for our current and future                 of oppression impact each         We have also increased the        Program. We also encour-
work to establish a broader                Fellow and the class as a         number of field and policy        age field and policy sites to
anti-oppression framework                  whole in order to build the       projects specifically focused     address issues of oppression
including other forms of                   strong learning community         on the intersections between      internally and within the
oppression, such as sexism,                that has become the hallmark      poverty, race and inequality.     communities in which they
classism, and homophobia.                  of the Emerson Program.           Examples from the 15th Class      work, and provide techni-
                                                                             of Emerson Fellows include:       cal assistance and resources
  Anti-racism is “the practice             How?                                 l Michael Richardson’s         on anti-racism. Some of our
  of identifying, challenging,                Over the last 5 years,         policy work at RESULTS,           strategies as we work with
  preventing, eliminating, and             the Emerson program has           where he is working to recruit    partners have included:
  changing the values, struc-              examined all components           more volunteer groups in             l Changing field and
  tures, policies, programs,               of the program, including         communities of color around       policy site applications in
  practices, and behaviors                 recruitment and selection of      the country and organize          order to gain more informa-
  that perpetuate racism.1”                Fellows and field and policy      a day-long diversity train-       tion about how organizations
                                           sites, the training curriculum,   ing at the RESULTS annual         applying to host fellows
                                           Fellow advising, and program      conference.                       address racism and other
                                           administration, to deter-            l Sarah Custer’s work          forms of oppression in their
   The Emerson Program
                                           mine where we could make          to address racial health dis-     work.
is very intentional about
                                           changes that would ensure         parities in New Orleans by           l Redesigning orientation
addressing the root causes of
                                           that the Emerson Program          working to increase access to     meetings with field and pol-
hunger and poverty, includ-
                                           is 1) addressing hunger and       healthy food in communities       icy site supervisors to include
ing eradicating social oppres-
                                           poverty in communities of         of color.                         discussions of the importance
sion in all forms. Oppression
                                           color in a thoughtful, effec-        l Nico Quintana’s report       of openly challenging racism,
and inequality permeate
                                           tive way, and 2) providing        on how discrimination and         sexism, homophobia and
all parts of our society and
                                           young leaders of any race,        injustice against lesbian, gay,   other forms of discrimina-
we must commit all we can
                                           class, ethnicity, gender and      bisexual and transgender          tion, and shared best practices
to eliminating it if we are
                                           sexual orientation a place to     people impacts poverty            for doing so.
to ever be truly successful
                                           learn, thrive, and contribute.    rates in those communities           l Recruiting sites with
in creating a just, hunger
                                           In order to reflect this com-     at the policy site Center for     people of color in leadership
and poverty-free society.
                                           mitment, we needed to make        American Progress.                positions and ensuring that
Therefore, cultivating an
                                           significant changes to how           The Emerson program            Fellows work with supervisors
understanding of both the
                                           we work with fellows, field       has established new part-         of color.
history and current manifes-
                                           and policy sites, and internal    nerships with policy site
tations of racial oppression is
                                           program systems. Below we         organizations focusing on         Fellows
                                           highlight select program          racial justice and poverty,          The Emerson Program has
1 Source: Strategic Framework for
  Action, British Columbia Multicultural
                                           changes that are moving us        including the Joint Center on     also made some changes to
  Advisory Council                         toward our anti-racism goals.     Economic and Policy Studies,      fellow training, selection, and

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recruitment. We have devel-       share the Emerson Program             so What?
                                                                                                            We have provided the space
oped an intensive anti-racism     commitment to anti-racism               The Emerson Program
                                                                                                            for Emerson Fellows—the
curriculum and integrated         and the implementation of a           commitment to anti-racism
                                                                                                            emerging leaders in anti-
it into all program training      new recruiting plan designed          has had a tremendous impact
                                                                                                            hunger and anti-poverty
components—including field        to increase the number of             on the program so far. Half
                                                                                                            work—to explore these
training, program retreat,        people of color who apply for         or more of the fellows in each
                                                                                                            challenging issues together
policy training, and profes-      the Emerson program.                  of the last 3 classes are people
                                                                                                            and begin developing ways
sional development days—                                                of color and we had the most
                                                                                                            to address oppression in
and begun to expand that          Program Administration                racially diverse applicant
                                                                                                            their lives and in their cur-
framework to include other           A final critical area of           pool in the history of the
                                                                                                            rent and future anti-hunger
forms of oppression, includ-      change is that of how we              Congressional Hunger Center
                                                                                                            and anti-poverty work.
ing sexism, classism, and         administer the program.               for this year’s incoming class.
homophobia. The views and         The program staff team has            We have supported field and
voices of people who have         increased its class, race and         policy sites working alongside     What next?
experienced poverty them-         gender diversity. Fellowship          communities of color to end          The Emerson Program
selves are incorporated into      advisors are required to have         hunger and poverty and we          will continue to deepen our
training sessions on hunger       a commitment to anti-racism           have encouraged those orga-        work around anti-racism and
and poverty in the U.S. and       and experience dealing with           nizations that do great work       incorporate more fully other
a series of new training ses-     oppression issues so that they        in communities all over the        forms of oppression into the
sions exploring identity,         can be helpful partners with          U.S. but that may not fully        work of the program, includ-
privilege, and oppression are     fellows as they work toward           share our views on anti-           ing sexism, classism, and
woven throughout the year         their anti-oppression goals           racism to explore these issues     homophobia. To learn more
of training. We also provide      throughout the fellowship             and find common ground. As         about these efforts, please
space for fellows to develop      year and beyond. Finally, to          part of our work to address        call Aileen Carr, Shana
their own anti-oppression         address class disparities, the        class issues, we have also sig-    McDavis-Conway, Dara
goals and encourage their         living stipend has increased          nificantly increased the num-      Cooper, or Jon Wogman at
ongoing intentional analysis      to a more reasonable level so         ber of fellows with personal       202-547-7022. l
of race and racism in all areas   that Fellows with personal            experience with poverty.
of training. Other changes        experience with poverty are
include the selection of          more likely to apply and/or be
Fellows and host sites who        able to participate.

                                                                        15th Class Engages
                                                                        In Anti-Hunger and
                                                                        Anti-Poverty Policy Work
                                                                        T   his year, Emerson Fellows
                                                                            are working in policy sites
                                                                        on a broad range of issues:
                                                                                                           implementation of major
                                                                                                           changes to the SNAP (food
                                                                                                           stamps) program, studying
                                                                        promoting child nutrition          SNAP’s role in reducing diet
                                                                        and farm to school programs,       related diseases, and analyz-
                                                                        supporting migrant farm            ing health care reform pro-
                                                                        workers’ rights, preventing        posals. The Fellows’ energy
                                                                        hate crimes against homeless       and hard work have made
                                                                        individuals, and research-         a real impact on their host
                                             Above: Senator George      ing ex-offenders’ access           organizations, and their
                                            McGovern and 15th class     to public benefits. Fellows        supervisors are supporting
                                            National Hunger Fellows     are also actively educating        and mentoring the Fellows as
                                           at FRAC Dinner               Members of Congress about          they learn about the role of
                                                                        specific hunger and poverty        federal policy in promoting
                                            Left: Stephany Whitaker,    issues, exploring how asset        social justice. For more infor-
                                           Emerson Hunger Fellow        building strategies can con-       mation on the 15th Class,
                                          at the Clagett Farm for a     tribute to economic recovery,      please see their web profiles
                                         professional development day   engaging youth groups and          at http://www.hungercenter.
                                        training                        faith communities in anti-         org/national/fellowsprofiles.
                                                                        hunger policy, monitoring          htm. l

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Leland International Hunger Fellows Program Report
By Leland Program Staff

Farewell to the 4th Class
June of themarked the final
                                    United Nations Development
                                    Program (UNDP). His con-
program for the 4th Class of        tribution to the Network
Mickey Leland International         led to the submission of
Hunger Fellows. The breadth         numerous discussion papers
and depth of their accom-           focusing on climate change
plishments is a testament to        adaptation and mitigation
their hard work and dedica-         in drylands Africa. As the
tion signaling a bright future      Pastoralist Systems Advisor
for this talented group of          with Land O’Lakes, Carmen
young professionals. The            Jaquez traveled frequently to
following highlights provide        Rwanda to advise on a dairy
a glimpse into the range of         development and PEPFAR
responsibilities and achieve-       (President’s Emergency Plan        Leland Fellows Adam Norikane, Anne Claire Hervy and Alexis Jones at the
ments undertaken by Fellows         for AIDS Relief) livelihoods       AIARD Annual Conference where Anne Claire was awarded the 2009 Young
during their policy year. Best      program. Carmen was active         Professional Award
wishes to the 4th Class of          with the global livestock
Leland Fellows and congratu-        development community in           to improve markets for rural           Adam Norikane produced
lations on a job well done!         Washington, DC, helping cre-       producers in Senegal, Uganda,          a training manual for ACDI/
   Kurt Burja worked in             ate a framework illustrating       and Zambia.                            VOCA entitled “Community
the Health and Nutrition            the importance of livestock           Daniele Nyirandutiye                Forestry as Business” which
Unit for the World Food             in development and how             conducted a systematic review          provides a curriculum for
Program (WFP) Cambodia              its application can lead to a      of the treatment of acute              development practitioners
assisting in the manage-            way out of poverty. Meagan         malnutrition in children               to train rural farmers on the
ment and monitoring of              Keefe’s research at IFPRI          between 6-59 months of age             business of non-timber for-
food assistance implementa-         (International Food Policy         in Mali while working with             est products. Eric Haglund
tion to three health and            Research Institute) is aimed       Helen Keller International.            worked in Niger with ICRISAT
nutrition programs. Kurt            at informing policymakers in       The results of the evalu-              (International Crop Research
led efforts to identify and         order for them to create poli-     ation were used by the                 Institute for the Semi-Arid
recommend potential food            cies that will improve the live-   Ministry of Health in Mali             Tropics) studying the social
fortification initiatives that      lihoods of rural households        and its nutrition partners             and economic impacts of
WFP Cambodia will apply             in Latin America. Meagan’s         to promote and expand                  agroforestry systems. His
to their programs. Ira              work focused on a range of         mass screening for acute               research findings aim to
Frydman spent the year              issues including the impacts       malnutrition throughout the            increase agricultural produc-
in Kenya managing The               of increased global food prices    country. Alder Keleman                 tivity of rural Nigerian farm-
African Drought Risk and            on the poor in Latin America       worked with FAO (Food and              ers. Anne-Claire Hervy
Development Network for the         and a study evaluating ways        Agriculture Organization)              worked with the Africa-US
                                                                       in Rome researching the                Higher Education Initiative
                                                                       relationship between maize             to strengthen partnerships
  Country Policy Study in                                              biodiversity, agricultural
                                                                       policy, and markets in
                                                                                                              between Africa and U.S.
                                                                                                              education institutions.
  Guatemala                                                            Mexico. In addition to writ-
                                                                       ing six peer reviewed articles,
                                                                                                              In June Anne-Claire was
                                                                                                              awarded the AIARD Young
  In March 2009, the 4th Class of Mickey Leland Fellows con-           Alder contributed to several           Professional Award which
  ducted a ten day Country Policy Study (CPS) in Guatemala.            chapters for a book based on           recognizes early career con-
  Please refer to the enclosed insert for an account of trip activi-   a 5-country research project           tributions to international
  ties including information on the participating organizations        on the role of seed markets in         agriculture and rural devel-
  and speakers who helped make the CPS a huge success.                 providing farmers with access          opment. Congratulations
                                                                       to crop genetic material.              Anne-Claire! l

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Announcing the 5th Class of International Hunger Fellows!
T   he Congressional Hunger
    Center warmly welcomes
the 5th Class of Leland
                                 On July 16th the 15 Fellows
                                 will meet for the first time in
                                 Washington DC for a ten day
                                                                     training, the Fellows depart
                                                                     for their respective interna-
                                                                     tional field sites where they
                                                                                                         organizations for the first year
                                                                                                         of the fellowship program.
                                                                                                         Congratulations 5th Class
International Hunger Fellows!    pre-field training. Following       will work with their host           and Welcome! l

Mickey leland international Hunger Fellows Program
Class of 2009-2011

 name                   graduate school                       organization                                 Field site


 Kerri Agee             University of Maryland, MSW/MPH       Catholic Relief Services                     Mopti, Mali

 Blake Audsley          Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), MA   World Food Programme                         Lilongwe, Malawi

 Lindsay Dozoretz       American University, MA               Save the Children                            Nampula, Mozambique

 Susan Ilyin            Columbia University, MSW              Land O’Lakes                                 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 Sonia Lee              Yale University, MPH                  Action Group for Health, Human Rights,       Kampala, Uganda
                                                              and HIV/AIDS (AGHA) and Physicians for
                                                              Human Rights

 Steven Myers           University of Washington, MPA         Ikamva Labantu and the National Alliance     Cape Town, South Africa
                                                              of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
                                                              (NASTAD), overseen by ANSA

 Emily Wei              Duke University, MPP Fordham          CARE International                           Lilongwe, Malawi
                        University, JD


 Curan Bonham           University of Montana, MS             Bioversity International                     New Delhi, India

 Erica Holzaepfel       Tufts University (Friedman and        World Food Programme and USDA Foreign        Vientiane, Laos
                        Fletcher), MS and MA                  Agricultural Service

 Tiffany Imes           Tulane University, MPH                World Bank                                   Dhaka, Bangladesh

 Gabriela Prudencio     George Mason University, MA           Mercy Corps                                  Jakarta, Indonesia

 Jillian Waid           Washington University in St. Louis,   Helen Keller International                   Dhaka, Bangladesh

 latin america

 Maielle Helman         American University, MA               World Food Programme                         La Paz, Bolivia

 Amy Margolies          Tufts University (Fletcher), MA       National Foundation for Education and        Brasilia, Brazil
                                                              Development (NFED) and the Global Child
                                                              Nutrition Forum (GCNF)

 Carlos Centeno         University of Kansas, MA              World Food Programme                         Guatemala City, Guatemala

                                                                                                               Sustenance ˙ July 2009   7
Leland Alumni Updates
A   fter finishing his MBA
    in December at IE
Business School in Madrid,
                                            forestry projects and to
                                            arrest and reverse deforesta-
                                            tion which accounts for 20
                                                                               International Development
                                                                               (USAID). In her first assign-
                                                                               ment, Elizabeth was a Field
3rd class alumnus Andy                      percent of greenhouse gas          Officer on a Provincial
Miller returned to Berkeley,                emissions. Foresta’s projects      Reconstruction Team (PRT)
California where he serves                  consist of mixed landscapes        in southwestern Afghanistan
as managing director and                    of commercial timber stands        where she served as a
founder of Foresta Capital,                 and ecological corridors to be     development liaison to the
an ongoing project through-                 returned to natural forest. The    U.S. military under NATO-
out business school. The                    projects will be fully certified   ISAF command. Currently,
company will address both                   as sustainable and will also       Elizabeth works as an
environmental issues and                    generate carbon offsets for the    Agriculture Development
food security, through ecosys-              amount of C02 sequestered in       Advisor in USAID’s
tem services and by adopting                the estates’ biomass.              Alternative Development and
social impact policies. The                    Since March 2007, 2nd class     Agriculture Office in Kabul.
company’s challenge at the                  alumna Elizabeth Brown             Her work focuses on alterna-       In Bamyan province, Afghanistan,
broadest level is to develop                has been working at the U.S.       tive livelihood agricultural       Elizabeth Brown stands in front of
a market-based solution to                  Embassy in Afghanistan for         and rural development              the rock-hewn Bamyan Buddhas
spur investment in tropical                 the United States Agency for       programs as well as on envi-       the Taliban destroyed shortly before
                                                                               ronmental and biodiversity         Sept. 11, 2001
                                                                               programming. One of her
                                                                               primary environmental field          Amanda Rives-Argeñal,
                                                                               sites is located in Bamyan,        an alumna from the 3rd class,
                                                                               Afghanistan.                       recently started working at
                                                                                  Nate Heller, an alumnus         World Vision International
                                                                               from the 3rd class, completed      where she is helping to build
                                                                               an MBA at Yale School of           advocacy capacity in 14
                                                                               Management in May 2009.            National Offices, coordinat-
                                                                               In August will start working       ing communications and
                                                                               as a Program Consultant            advocacy campaigns, and
                                                                               in Hyderabad, India, with          representing World Vision
                                                                               VisionSpring, a nonprofit          International in the City
                                                                               social enterprise that equips      of Knowledge in Panama
                                                                               local entrepreneurs to start       City. She will be relocating
Andy Miller in front of the National Forestry Institute (Inab) of with his
                                                                               small businesses selling           to Panama City over the
Guatemalan Foresta teammate.
                                                                               reading glasses.                   summer. l

Welcome to the Leland Fellowship Family
Todd Flower, alum-                                                             Mike Manske, alumnus
nus from the 3rd class,                                                        from the 3rd class, and his
and his wife, Kathleen                                                         wife, Eleanor, welcomed
Reaugh Flower, married                                                         their son, Gavin Kuziva
on September 13, 2008.                                                         Manske, who was born on
Their daughter, Lisa,                                                          May 18, 2009 at 5:52 pm at
was born on November                                                           Sibley Memorial Hospital in
28, 2008. Todd and his                                                         Washington, DC. The baby
family are currently                                                           measured 19 inches and
living in Liberia.                                                             weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces.

           Lisa Macklin Flower                                                              Gavin Kuziva Manske

8 Sustenance ˙ July 2009
National Policy Report
By Edward M. Cooney

engaging the new                presentations as one of several   of CNF and NANA. The topic        children affected by this deci-
administration on               tools to shape their research     of the meeting was “com-          sion will continue to receive
Domestic Hunger                 agenda in future years. Ed        petitive foods,” (foods that      their school meals.
Priorities                      presented a White Paper on        compete with foods served
   CHC’s executive director,    the 2009 Child Nutrition          through the National School       update on the
Ed Cooney, met with the         Reauthorization legislation.      Lunch Program). Over 50           FY10 agriculture
Presidential Transition team    The key topics of discussion      groups attended. The Harkin/      appropriations
on Agriculture with allied      included the importance           Woolsey bills creating the           House floor action in the
national anti-hunger groups.    of establishing nutrition         establishment of nutrition        Agriculture Appropriation for
We also met with key White      standards for foods that          standards for competitive         FY10 has increased funding
House staff at the Domestic     “compete” with schools meals      foods were the focus of           for a broad range of domes-
Policy Council and the Office   and whether or not Congress       the discussion. The enact-        tic and international food
of Management and Budget        should establish a nationally     ment of these bills as part       security programs, includ-
(OMB). The impact of these      approved list of “good foods/     of the 2009 Child Nutrition       ing WIC (Women, Infants,
meetings was swift and          bad foods” and deny SNAP          Reauthorization could have        and Children Program),
immense. The President’s        participants the right to make    a profound impact on child-       Commodity Supplemental
Economic Stimulus legislation   any choice regarding selec-       hood obesity and improved         Food, Food for Peace-Public
include our recommenda-         tion of any “bad foods.”          health status for the 30 mil-     Law 480 Title II, and the
tion of $20 billion in new                                        lion children participating in    McGovern/Dole International
money for SNAP (formerly        supporting the                    school meals program. The         Food for Education and Child
the Food Stamp program) as      tufts/Kellogg                     discussion was spirited and       Nutrition programs. The
an important mechanism          Foundation Forum                  encompassed all outstanding       Emerson/ Leland Hunger
to immediately jump start          In June, Tufts University      issue from the private sector,    Fellowships are funded at
the economy through the         Friedman School of Nutrition      consumer, anti-hunger and         $2.5 million. The Senate
expenditure of federal funds.   Science and Policy and the        school nutrition perspectives.    Agriculture Appropriation
Also, the President’s FY 2010   W.K. Kellogg Foundation held      If legislation is enacted, this   subcommittee has approved
budget included $1 billion      a forum at the National Press     meeting will likely be noted      the Agriculture subcommit-
in new spending authority       Club in Washington, D.C.          as having a significant impact    tee recommendation to fully
for the 2009 Child Nutrition    on “Children’s Health: The        on all participants.              fund the Emerson/Leland
Reauthorization. No other       Future of Food and Nutrition                                        Fellowships at $3 million.
Administration has included     Policy.” Several Emerson          Working with the                  Final funding levels for
a similar budget request for    Fellows and CHC staff             Philadelphia universal            programs like the Emerson/
child nutrition programs.       attended. CHC played a major      school Pilot                      Leland Fellowships will be
                                role in the planning of the          USDA threatened to end         determined in a House/Senate
advising the institute of       forum and the selection of        the 17 year universal school      conference in September. l
Medicine (ioM) of the           speakers. Approximately 180       lunch pilot in Philadelphia.
national academies              people attended the event.        There were some adminis-
   The Food and Nutrition       The purpose of the event was      trative issues with the pilot
Board (FNB) of IOM invited      to highlight the role that the    and the length of the pilot
Kathleen Rasmussen              Friedman School faculty and       was also a factor. This deci-
of Cornell University,          students play in agriculture      sion caused a major political
Reynaldo Martorell of           and nutrition policy for          reaction from the gover-
Emory University and Ed         Washington policy makers.         nor and the Pennsylvania
Cooney of CHC to address                                          Congressional delegation.
the board at its summer         Hosting the Child                 CHC was an informal adviser
meeting in June at Woods        nutrition Forum (CnF)             to USDA, Senator Robert P.
Hole, Massachusetts on          and national alliance             Casey, Jr., and Community
issues of nutrition affect-     for nutrition and                 Legal Services of Philadelphia.
ing women and children in       activity (nana)                   USDA has now decided to
the U.S. and in developing        On May 12th CHC hosted          revisit this issue during reau-
countries. FNB will use these   the first joint policy meeting    thorization. So, the 130,000

                                                                                                         Sustenance ˙ July 2009   9
International School Feeding Photography Initiative
In depth look at the impact of school feeding programs around the world

A    s part of an effort to
     increase political support
for school feeding, Elizabeth
                                         implement or are
                                         impacted by school
                                         feeding programs to
Whelan, photographer and                 those who are mak-
Associate Director of the                ing program and
Mickey Leland International              policy decisions. The
Hunger Fellows Program, and              photographs were
Rachel Winch, a current                  taken along with
Leland Fellow, collaborated              in-depth interviews
on a School Feeding Advocacy             to ensure that the
Initiative.                              initiative draws from
  An important element                   the perspectives
of the initiative took place             of students, teach-
on June 18, 2009 when the                ers, parents and
House Hunger Caucus and                  caretakers, school
Congressional Hunger Center              administrators,
hosted a photo exhibit at the            community leaders,
U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center            government leaders,
highlighting school feed-                implementers, and               In 2001 the Supreme Court of India mandated that the state and national
ing programs in Mali, India              school feeding advocates.       governments provide a noon-time meal in all government and government-
and Chile. Representative                The traveling exhibit, which    aided primary schools as part of the nation’s commitment to the Right to Food
James P. McGovern, and                   will show at various venues
Representative John                      in Washington, D.C. and
                                                                         Series 3: Right to                       their families and their
Boozman both co-chairs                   beyond, consists of three
                                                                           Food and Innovative                    communities. As the
of the caucus, spoke at the              series of photographs, high-
                                                                           Technology in India                    mother of two students
event. Doug Norell from                  lighting different aspects of
                                                                                                                  receiving school lunch in
Catholic Relief Services and             school feeding programs in
                                                                           By encouraging children                Sana, Mali said: “If you
Dorothy Feustel from                     the three countries:
                                                                         to attend school, school                 want to sit in the shade of
USDA also gave remarks.
                                         Series 1: Community             feeding programs create                  a tree tomorrow, you have
  The photography exhibit
                                           Commitment to School          opportunities for students,              to water it today.” l
was created to bring the
                                           Feeding in Mali
voices of people who
                                         Series 2: Political Will
Rachel Winch and Elizabeth Whelan
in front of their International School
                                           and Public-Private
                                           Partnerships in Chile
                                                                           2009 Victory Against
Feeding Photography Exhibit.
                                                                           Hunger Awards
                                                                           The Congressional Hunger
                                                                           Center (CHC) and Victory
                                                                           Wholesale Group (VWG)
                                                                           are pleased to announce the
                                                                           2009 Victory Against Hunger
                                                                           Awards. This year 25 unre-             long-term commitment to
                                                                           stricted $1,000 grants will            supporting local food banks,
                                                                           be available to food banks             and to draw attention to the
                                                                           throughout the U.S. that play          important resource that food
                                                                           an integral role in alleviating        banks play for families across
                                                                           hunger in their communities.           the country, especially in the
                                                                           The Kantor family, owners              current economic climate.
                                                                           of VWG and creators of                 CHC looks forward to part-
                                                                           the Victory Against Hunger             nering with Feeding America
                                                                           Awards, chose this year’s              on the 2009 Victory Against
                                                                           theme to highlight their               Hunger Awards.

10 Sustenance ˙ July 2009
Mickey Leland Tribute Evening

CHC Board Member. Daniel Kahn, Representative Jo        Ambassador Tony Hall, Deputy Secretary of              14th Class Emerson Alumni Amber Herman, Isha
Ann Emerson and CHC Staff Jon Wogman                    Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture Kathleen   Plynton, Katherine Moos, and Lindsey Baker with
                                                        Merrigan and Representative John Lewis                 15th class Emerson Fellow Mark Stovell

Representative Jim McGovern and Emerson Fellow          Emerson Fellows Cristina Sepe, Renita Woolford, Ayanna Williams and Veronica Conti with CHC Deputy
Eileen Hyde                                             Director Margaret Zeigler, Patricia Johnson (center)

                                                                                                               Field site supervisor Jon Janowski of Milwaukee’s
CHC Staff                                                                                                      Hunger Task Force and 12th Class Emerson alumna
                                                                                                               Karen Wong

Representative John Lewis (center) with Emerson Fellows Kelly Meredith, Cristina Sepe, Renita Woolford,        Leland alumna Amanda Rives and former CHC staff
Mickey Hubbard, and Veronica Conti and CHC staff Aileen Carr                                                   John Kelly

                                                                                                                                  Sustenance ˙ July 2009         11
CHC Welcomes New Leland Program
Director and Leland Summer Intern
C   HC is very pleased to have
    Grace Jones as its new
Director of the Mickey Leland
                                          We also welcome Dara
                                        Johnson who is serving as
                                        the Mickey Leland Fellowship
                                                                                                                     Representative Jo Ann Emerson
                                                                                                                     Member of Congress
                                                                                                                     CHC Board Co-Chair
                                                                                                                     Representative James P. McGovern
International Hunger Fellows            Program summer intern. Dara                                                  Member of Congress
                                                                                                                     CHC Board Co-Chair
Program. A Leland alumna                will be assisting with the                                                   Representative Byron Dorgan
from the 2nd class of Fellows           pre-field training preparation                                               Member of Congress
                                                                                                                     Representative Dennis Hertel
(2003-3005), Grace began                and support for Fellows. After                                               Member of Congress (Retired)
working as the Program                  her internship, Dara will be                                                 Attorney at Law
                                                                                                                     The Livingston Group, L.L.P.
Director in November 2008.              studying in Argentina. l                                                     Representative Sheila Jackson Lee
                                                                                                                     Member of Congress
                                                  Grace Jones and Dara Johnson                                       Ashley Aakesson
                                                                                                                     Executive Director
                                                                                                                     Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti
                                                                                                                     David Beckmann
  CHC congratulates Al Franken, a founding board member of CHC, on his recent victory for the                        President
                                                                                                                     Bread for the World
  U.S. Senate seat from Minnesota. Al has been a longtime champion of hunger and poverty                             Karen Coble Edwards
  programs, and has competed on behalf of CHC in past years on Celebrity Jeopardy. Thanks for                        Principal
                                                                                                                     KCE Public Affairs Association
  your service, Al, and a warm welcome to Washington, D.C.!                                                          Elizabeth Emerson-Leger
                                                                                                                     The Leger Company, Inc.
                                                                                                                     Vicki B. Escarra
                                                                                                                     President and CEO

  CHC Board Member Receives National Award
                                                                                                                     America’s Second Harvest–The Nation’s
                                                                                                                     Food Bank Network
                                                                                                                     Brian Folkerts
                                                                                                                     Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs
                                                                                                                     Kraft Foods
  Marshall Matz, Founding                Award for Child Nutrition by            nutrition Past recipients           Al Franken
  Chairman of the Friends of             the Global Child Nutrition              include senators Bob Dole           Actor/Comedian
                                                                                                                     Lou Gerber
  the World Food Program,                Foundation (GCNF) and the               and george Mcgovern,                Legislative Director
  Partner at Olsson, Frank,              School Nutrition Association            Dr. Josephine Martin, Ms.           Communications Workers of America
                                                                                                                     Daniel Kahn, Esq.
  Weeda, Terman, Bode, Matz              (SNA). The award, named                 Catherine Bertini of the            Davis Polk & Wardwell
  PC, and founding CHC                   for the extraordinary Ms.               World Food Program and              David Kantor
  Board Member has been                  Gene White, honors national             CHC’s edward Cooney.                Victory Wholesale Group
  awarded the 2009 Gene                  leaders who advocate                    Congratulations, Marshall!          Wolgang von Maack
                                                                                                                     CHC Treasurer
  White Lifetime Achievement             for improved childhood                                                      Marshall Matz
                                                                                                                     Olsson, Frank, Weeda, Terman, Bode, Matz, P.C.
                                                                                                                     Manly Molpus
                                                                                                                     President and CEO
                                                                                                                     The Molpus Advisory Group, L.L.C.
                                                                                                                     John R. Sander
                                                                                                                     Management Consultant
                                                                                                                     U.S. Department of State (Retired)
                                                                                                                     Jim Scheibel
                                                                                                                     Executive in Residence
                                                                                                                     Hamline University
                                                                                                                     Mary Catherine Toker
                                                                                                                     VP, Government Relations
                                                                                                                     General Mills, Inc.
                                                                                                                     Edward M. Cooney
                                                                                                                     Executive Director
                                                                                                                     Dr. Margaret M. Zeigler
                                                                                                                     Deputy Director
                                                                                                                     Ambassador Tony P. Hall
                                                                                                                     Ambassador Arthur E. (Gene) Dewey
                                                                                                                     Founding Director

                                                                                                                     In Memory Of:
                                                                                                                     Honorable Bill Emerson
                                                                                                                     Honorable Mickey Leland

                                                                                                                     Congressional Hunger Center
                                                                                                                     Hall of the States Building
                                                                                                                     400 N. Capitol Street NW,
                                                                                                                     Suite G-100
                                                                                                                     Washington, D.C. 20001
                                                                                                                     Tel: 202-547-7022
  15th Class National Hunger Fellows Veronica Conti, Kelly Meredith, Mickey Hubbard, Christine Tran, Raquel Oriol,   Fax: 202-547-7575
  Eileen Hyde and Cristina Sepe with FRAC’s Ellen Teller and CHC Board Member Marshall Matz.               
                                                                                                                     Tax Exempt 501(c)(3) organization

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