Event Details

The Congressional Hunger Center is proud to announce that the 24th Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows will be presenting their final reports on their work to end hunger in communities across the United States on Friday, February 23rd, 2018.


10:00 am- 10:45 am:

SNAP and Child Nutrition

  • “Community Champions for Hunger Free Kids in San Diego County” – Valery Martínez from San Diego, California
  • “CalFresh: The Most Vital Anti-Hunger Intervention in San Diego County” – Rosa Rada from San Diego, California
  • “Dead Ends: Assessing Transportation Barriers among the ABAWD Population in Illinois” - María Cristina Chicuén from Chicago, Illinois

11:00 am- 12:00 pm:

Food Access, Rural Rood Access, and Food Security in Tribal Communities

  • “A Profile of Jersey City’s Food Landscape and Steps Being Taken to Increase Food Access” – Bardia Vaseghi and De’Sean Weber from Jersey City, New Jersey
  • “Beyond the Grocery Gap: Strategies for Supporting Rural Communities through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative” – Maggie You Ming Tsai, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • “Strengthening Indigenous Food and Agriculture Systems through Law and Policy” – Corey Malone-Smolla and Sarah Goldman from Fayetteville, Arkansas

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm:


1:00 pm- 1:45 pm:

Emergency Food, Food as Medicine, and Gardens and Nutrition Education

  • “Leveraging Partner Agency Relationships to End Hunger on the Treasure Coast” – Meg Buckley and Paige Shortsleeves from Ft. Pierce, Florida
  • “Food as Medicine: Linking Hunger Relief with Healthcare” – Laura Yepez from Chicago, Illinois
  • “Growing. Community. Together: Engagement with Portland Immigrant and Refugee Communities through Garden Education”- Erica McCoy from Portland, Oregon

2:00 pm- 3:00 pm

Emergency Food and Community Engagement

  • “Client Engagement at Oregon Food Bank” – Jamila Cervantes from Portland, Oregon
  • First Steps: Integrating Transformative Community Engagement at Martha's Table” – Amirio Freeman from Washington, D.C.
  • “Advocacy: Approaches to Constituent Engagement in Local Food Policy and Food Justice in the District of Columbia” – Funke Aderonmu from Washington, D.C.
  • “Engaging Food Bank Partner Agencies in Anti-Hunger Advocacy” – Alex Boyd from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

After the presentations, please join us for a happy hour reception at CHC's new office location at the WeWork Apollo, 810 7th Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 from 4:30 -6:30pm

  • When: Fri Feb. 23
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • Address: 45 Independence Ave SW
    Washington D.C,US 20515

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