Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows and Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Programs

The purposes of the Fellowships Programs are: (1) encourage future leaders of the U.S.

to pursue careers in humanitarian and public service, recognize the needs of low-income people and hungry people, and seek public policy solutions to the challenges of hunger and poverty; (2) provide training
and development opportunities to such leaders through placement in programs operated by appropriate organziations or entities; and (3) increase awareness of the importance of public service.

The Bill Emerson Hunger Fellowship Program is to address hunger and poverty in the United States.

The Mickey Leland Hunger Fellowship Program is to address international hunger and other humanitarian needs.
Grants for this Program

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: The 16 Emerson Fellows have completed their field training and orientation and have been placed in 8 field site cities at 13 organizations including serivce providers, food banks, and groups focused on city and statewide advocacy, community organizating and urban agriculture to begin their Fellow projects.

The 15 Leland Fellows are transitioning from their field year to their policy year. They recently participated in a leadership retreat and policy training. Nine of Fellows will be based in Washington D.C. and the remaining six will be overseas. The Fellows will be working on policy issues at the regional and international levels. Fiscal Year 2013: FY 2013: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2014: FY 2014: No current data available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

In accordance with the authorizing legislation and 2 CFR Part 2.19 and 2.57, the Secretary is directed to offer to provide a grant to the Congressional Hunger Center to administer these fellowship programs.

Funding is provided to the Congressional Hunger Center to train and inspire leaders who work to end hunger.

The Congressional Hunger Center is the grantee, they are provided funding to achieve the purposes of the Fellowship Programs.

The fellowships established shall provide experience and training to develop the skills and
understanding necessary to improve the humanitarian conditions and the lives of individuals who suffer from hunger, including - (I) training in direct service to the hungry in conjunction with community-based organizations through a program of field placement; and (II) experience in policy development through placement in a governmental entity or nonprofit organization.

Funding is restricted to the costs related to selecting, training, and placement opportunities for individuals identified as a Hunger Fellow.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Beneficiary Eligibility



No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. n/a

Award Procedures

Applicant must meet the non-competitive grant submissions requirements for completeness and conformity in a grant application, statement of work and budget. FNS will determine the technical merit of each grant application, approve and then make a grant award.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


The Food Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill, Public Law 110-234), Sec. 4401 and 4404; 2 U.S.C. 1161; Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows and Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program Act of 2008. ; Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2013, Public Law 113-06, Section 4404 of Public Law 107-171, as amended by Section 4401 of Public Law 110-246(2. U.S.C. 1161); FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations Act, Public Law 112-55, Public Law 113-113-06, 2 U.S.C 1161; Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Public Law 107-171, Section 4404, Hunger Fellowship Program; Congressional Hunger Fellow Act of 2002, Public Law 107-107-171, 2 U.S.C 1161.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The grant period of performance is generally for 15 months. Extensions to the period of performance must be approved by the FNS. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

The quarterly and final programmatic reports are required to be submitted by the grantee in accordance with the grant terms and conditions.

The quarterly and final financial reports, SF-425, are required to be submitted by the grantee in accordance with the grant terms and conditions.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


The grantee must maintain records in accordance with the grant agreement. Such records must be retained for a period of 3 years after the date of submission of the final report for the fiscal year to which the records pertain, except if audit findings have not been resolved, the records shall be retained beyond the 3 year period as long as required for the resolution of the issues raised by the audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 12 $2,000,000; FY 13 est $1,845,229; and FY 14 est $2,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) $2,000,000 (non-competitive).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

7 CFR Part 3016, 7 CFR Part 3018,
Determined by the legislation authorizing the grant.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Lael Lubing 3101 Park Center Drive Room 732, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Phone: 703-305-2048

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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