January 31, 2018

The Bonner Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership with the the Congressional Hunger Center. Through the Zero Hunger Initiative, Bonners will be able to deepen their learning around issues of food security, hunger and poverty and be exposed to ways they can become more effective advocates for promoting policies that address food security and reduce hunger in their campus communities.

The Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works to make issues of domestic and international hunger a priority to policymakers in the U.S. government, and to raise a new generation of leaders to fight against hunger and poverty.

Our mission is to train and inspire leaders who work to end hunger, and to advocate public policies that create a food secure world. We strive to be a leader in the movement to ensure access to food as a basic human right for all people. We create and nurture a community of innovative and inspiring leaders who act as change agents, bridging the gap between grassroots efforts and national and international public policy to provide access to nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food.

The CHC Zero Hunger Initiative offers three different activities for Bonners and Bonner Directors:  

1) CHC Zero Hunger Academy

A virtual learning opportunity around domestic food security open to the entire Bonner network. During the Spring semester, Bonners can engage in a series of four online learning modules focused on hunger and poverty issues in the U.S. and their root causes. (available mid-February 2018)

  • To participate in the academy, register here.  All welcome.

  • Register for Curatr here
    • Directions to Curatr — To enroll in Zero Hunger Academy, you must first register with Curatr, then enroll in the course “CHC’s Zero Hunger Academy.” To do so, complete the following steps
      • Click on the following link:
      • Click on “New Here?” 
      • Register for Curatr
      • Click on “Public Courses”
      • Click on the blue arrow with a circle around it.
      • Click “Enroll” in CHC’s Zero Hunger Academy

2) CHC Zero Hunger Campus Network

CHC will provide technical assistance to Bonner Directors and Bonners who want to deepen their focus around food security and hunger, and be exposed to advocacy opportunities. CHC will connect to the network through in-person trainings, virtual learning webinars, on campus visits, fellowship alumni mentorship and curated visits to Washington, D.C. This component will be open to a limited number of schools in our pilot year (available February 2018). 

  • Click here to review the application questions and submission form.  

3) CHC Zero Hunger Summer 2018 Internship Program

A cohort internship program that will help a select number of students across the Bonner network engage more intentionally in advocacy and education activities at the local, state, and federal level. CHC will administer a cohort of five to ten Bonners who will be placed at anti-hunger organizations in Washington, D.C. during the Summer of 2018. Bonners will work on policy and advocacy issues during the summer, in addition to engaging in bi-weekly cohort based trainings.  

  • Click here to apply to participate in the internship program.  We will email follow-up information on our timeline and internship opportunities to all who apply.

We are excited to launch this new partnership with the hope that everyone involved will strengthen their knowledge and skills on issues of food security and hunger, and develop as leaders who will advocate for public policies that will create a food secure world. To learn more about the Congressional Hunger Center and our programs click here.  

To learn more, please contact:

Kiana Kelly, Development Associate, Congressional Hunger Center

Jon Wogman, Director of the Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program, Congressional Hunger Center

Bobby Hackett, President, Bonner Foundation