Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) has emerged as a leader in the Senate and a leader in the fight against hunger. In 2004, she co-founded the Senate Hunger Caucus, a bi-partisan forum for senators and their staffs to address the issue of national and international hunger and food insecurity. The caucus was formed to help raise awareness about hunger issues and to provide an academic forum for finding solutions to the problem. She co-sponsored a Senate resolution declaring June 7, 2005, as National Hunger Awareness Day and conducted food drives in her home state of Arkansas as well as in Washington, D.C. As a senator, Lincoln works at the legislative level to end hunger by supporting bills and policies that address the issue, but she also recognizes the need for grassroots efforts and encourages her constituents to do their part by volunteering for hunger-relief causes and educating themselves about nutrition and food insecurity.