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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 311

House concurrent resolution congratulating Eileen Hyde on being named a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow

Offered by:  Representatives Dostis of Waterbury, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Canfield of Fair Haven, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Donovan of Burlington, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fisher of Lincoln, Gilbert of Fairfax, Grad of Moretown, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, Klein of East Montpelier, Krawczyk of Bennington, LaVoie of Swanton, Leriche of Hardwick, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, McCormack of Rutland City, McDonald of Berlin, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Morley of Barton, Nease of Johnson, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Ojibway of Hartford, Partridge of Windham, Pellett of Chester, Pugh of S. Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle and Westman of Cambridge

Whereas, in 1993, under the leadership of former Rep. Tony Hall of Ohio, Congress established the Congressional Hunger Center, and

Whereas, the center’s mission is to fight hunger which it fulfills through advocacy, education, leadership development, and research programs, and

Whereas, one of the most effective projects the center conducts is the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, and

Whereas, as of 2007, the Congressional Hunger Center, through the fellowship program, has graduated more than 550 anti-hunger leaders who continue to address hunger and its root causes at the community, national, and international levels, and

Whereas, this fellowship consists of a unique 12-month national leadership development and training experience in which participants are sent to local communities nationwide to address compelling hunger-related needs, and they gain valuable experience as future anti-hunger leaders, and

Whereas, in August 2007, Eileen Hyde, a graduate of Burlington High School, started as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, and

Whereas, in this role, she has educated Vermonters about the impact of hunger on 19,000 Vermont children, and how communities can implement

effective solutions, and

Whereas, in April 2008, Eileen Hyde was chosen from a competitive national pool of applicants as one of 20 participants in the 15th class of the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship at the Congressional Hunger Center, and

Whereas, in the 15-year history of this outstanding hunger education program, she is only the second Vermonter to be selected for this distinctive honor, and

Whereas, the formal training and first-hand experiences Eileen Hyde will have during the next year will provide her with the technical knowledge and leadership tools to make a direct personal impact in the struggle to eliminate hunger from our country, and

Whereas, alumni of the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship are currently employed in Vermont in organizations that promote access to adequate nutrition, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly congratulates Eileen Hyde on being named a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Eileen Hyde, to the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger in South Burlington, and to the Congressional Hunger Center in Washington, D.C.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont