U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) recently received the 2011 Bill Emerson & Mickey Leland Hunger Leadership Award from the Congressional Hunger Center for his contributions to fighting hunger.

“Many Kansans, including former Sen. Bob Dole and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, have worked to end hunger at home and abroad. I thank them for their efforts and the many others who continue to raise awareness about this important issue,” Sen. Moran said. “I remain committed to the goal of ending hunger in Kansas and around the world.”

Sen. Moran is a member of the Senate Hunger Caucus, after serving as co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus for four years when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives. In these roles, Moran has focused his attention on the problem of food deserts, improving childhood nutrition, and encouraging agricultural development in poverty-stricken countries.

The Congressional Hunger Center is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization that administers the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program and the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program. Bill Emerson & Mickey Leland Hunger Leadership Award honorees are chosen for their significant contributions to fighting hunger in the United States and overseas. They exemplify the determination necessary to make hunger and poverty a focal point in the United States and Congress.