Hunger and Nutrition

NCSL Hunger Partnership Overview

NCSL Hunger Partnership MembersOne in eight U.S. households was food insecure at some point in 2017. Despite record high rates of food insecurity, academics, advocates and policymakers insist that hunger is a solvable problem.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and state agencies administer 15 federal nutrition programs, which provide vital benefits to low-income families and significant economic stimulus to local economies.  For example, in federal fiscal year 2017, 42.1 million people participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  Two-thirds of recipients are children, elderly, or disabled. The USDA estimates that for every $5 in individual benefits, at least $9 is generated in the local economy.

Private and non-profit sectors commit significant resources to addressing hunger in America, leveraging federal programs and enlisting their employees, customers and clients to improve the availability and accessibility of affordable, healthy food for those who need assistance.  State legislators play a significant part in this campaign, overseeing the administration of federal programs, regulating and funding state programs and convening otherwise disconnected partners to promote effective programs and encourage participation.

PDF Icon 2021 NCSL Hunger Partnership Membership Roster

Hunger Partnership Members


  • Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., Texas, Co-Chair
  • Senator Thomas Alexander, South Carolina
  • Representative Barbara W. Ballard, Kansas
  • Senator Mike Bohacek, Indiana
  • Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, New York
  • Representative Steve Handy, Utah
  • Representative G.A. Hardaway, Tennessee
  • Representative Scott Krug, Wisconsin
  • Senator Judy Lee, North Dakota
  • Representative John Mizuno, Hawaii
  • Representative Rena Moran, Minnesota
  • Representative Omeria Scott, Mississippi
  • Representative Randall Shedd, Alabama
  • Senator John Unger, West Virginia
  • Representative Toni E. Walker, Connecticut
  • Representative Mary Jane Wallner, New Hampshire

Legislative Staff

  • Gail Gronert, Special Assistant to the Speaker, California
  • Charles Sallee, Deputy Director, Legislative Finance Committee, New Mexico
  • Steven Hernandez, Executive Director, Commission on Children, Connecticut

Corporate Partners

  • Darden Restaurants
  • General Mills
  • No Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength

Advisory Partners

  • Congressional Hunger Center
  • Food Research and Action Center
  • Feeding America