About The Library

Welcome to the Hunger Free Communities Network’s online resource library! This ever growing database serves as a one-stop shop and home base for anti-hunger organizers featuring toolkits, case studies, research, online tools, community plans and other resources generated by the Alliance to End Hunger, our national partners and hunger free community coalitions across the country.
This is a user-driven tool, so feel free to rate resources and leave a comment! Also, please submit your own resources, so we can share your good ideas with others.


How To Search The Library

  1. Keyword Search: To run a keyword search, simply type the word(s) or phrase(s) you’re looking for into the box on the top right of the page (e.g. USDA, child hunger) and click “submit.”
  2. Category Search: To run a category search, use the drop-down menus to the right of the page under the heading “Resource Library Search” to select your desired search topic(s) and click “submit”. This search will yield more results if you limit your selections to one drop-down menu (e.g. “Content Type” or “Activity”). For an explanation of the categories, please click the orange “?” symbol next to the heading for each drop-down menu.

When the search results appear, click on the title of the resource for a more detailed description of that resource. There you’ll be able to directly access the resource.


Featured Resources

The Self-Assessment Workbook (SAW): The goal of the SAW is to assist a HFC coalition in determining for itself the critical elements for effective organizational management and network functioning and to identify those areas in need of strengthening or further development.  The SAW is designed to enable organizational learning, foster team sharing, and encourage reflective self-assessment within an anti-hunger coalition.  It can be used for strategic planning, evaluation and building group cohesion.

The Advocacy Playbook: The Advocacy Playbook is the Alliance to End Hunger’s signature advocacy toolkit and resource. It helps make the case for why advocacy a good idea and provides guidance on how your coalition or organization can help the cause.

Toolkit for Developing and Strengthening Hunger Free Community Coalitions: This provides a step-by-step guide for building coalitions, plus it gives best practices examples from the field, ideas for implementation, and practical tools. We hope it serves as a jumping off point for your local community’s efforts to find a solution to food insecurity.


Household Food Security in the United States in 2018

By USDA ERS

An estimated 88.9 percent of U.S. households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2018, with access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining households (11.1 percent, down from 11.8 percent in 2017) were food insecure at least some time during the year, including...

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Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report

By Food Research & Action Center

This report measures the reach of the Summer Nutrition Programs in July 2018, nationally and in each state.

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How an Important Federal Law Can Help Millions of Low-Income People Register to Vote Through State Public Assistance Agencies

By Food Research & Action Center

This primer features information on how to support opportunities to register people to vote through public assistance agencies. Advocates know the importance of lifting up in the democratic process the voices of communities affected by poverty, hunger, lack of resources for health care or housing, and racial discrimination. The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) is...

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State of Senior Hunger in America in 2017

By Food Research & Action Center

This is a report by Dr. Craig Gundersen and Dr. James P. Ziliak documenting the extent and distribution of food insecurity among seniors age 60 and older. The report found that, as of 2017, 7.7% of seniors are food insecure, a rate that is statistically indistinguishable from the rate in 2016. That is 5.5 million...

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Developing an Afterschool Meals Outreach Plan

By Food Research & Action Center

Increasing participation in the Afterschool Meal Program requires proactive planning and partnership. Developing a strong and cohesive outreach plan is an important way to increase participation, and the summer months are the perfect time to recruit afterschool sites, ensure existing sites will be returning, engage new partners, and increase awareness. Detailed below are things to...

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Rethinking Summer Food: A New Vision to Reduce Summer Hunger

By Food Research & Action Center

The Summer Nutrition Programs have struggled to meet the need, serving just one child summer lunch for every seven low-income children who participated in school lunch during the regular school year. They are important programs, but their reach is falling far too short of meeting the need.

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The Impacts of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Redemptions on County-Level Employment

By USDA Economic Research Service

This study investigates the impacts of USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) redemptions on metro and nonmetro county-level employment. From 2001 to 2014, SNAP redemptions had a positive average impact on county-level employment in nonmetro counties but no measurable impact in metro counties. The impacts of SNAP were positive from 2008 to 2010 in both...

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WIC IS A CRITICAL ECONOMIC, NUTRITION, AND HEALTH SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

By Food Research & Action Center

This issue brief provides background information on WIC; briefly summarizes the harmful impacts of poverty and food insecurity; and highlights research demonstrating the effective role of WIC in improving food and economic security, dietary intake, weight outcomes, health, and learning.

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Best Practices for Partnering With Health Professionals to Protect SNAP Benefits for People Unable to Work

By Food Research & Action Center

Unemployed or underemployed adults without dependents and without other exemptions (such as disability) often face time limits after three months of receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In this best practice, learn how partnering with health professionals, advocates, application assistance providers, and others can help individuals who are struggling against hunger to...

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Making WIC Work Better: Strategies to Reach More Women and Children and Strengthen Benefits Use

By Food Research & Action Center

This report highlights proven and innovative strategies to effectively reach and serve more of those who are eligible for WIC. The report is intended for all stakeholders, including WIC clinics, community-serving organizations, anti-hunger groups and other advocates, health care providers, Head Start, early care and education, grocery stores, business, members of obesity coalitions, healthy food...

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