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.


Joining Together to End Hunger in Indianapolis

By American Outlook

This article covers some of the historical successes of one of our members, the Indy Hunger Network. It discusses how they analyzed hunger and food assistance in their community and developed their anti-hunger programs. Since this article is no longer available online, we’ve decided to publish and share it here as a pdf.

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Fact Sheet: Hunger and Poverty in the Indigenous Community

By Bread for the World

Indigenous communities have some of the highest hunger rates in the United States. As a group, one in four are food insecure.  This fact sheet covers the societal inequities that contribute to food security in indigenous communities.

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Impossible Choices: Teens and Food Insecurity in America

By The Urban Institute & Feeding America

An estimated 6.8 million people ages 10 to 17 are food insecure, meaning they don’t have reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food. Another 2.9 million are very food insecure, and roughly 4 million live in marginally food secure households, where the threat of running out of food is real. Food insecurity takes a tremendous...

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A Toolkit for Developing and Strengthening Hunger Free Community Coalitions

By Texas Hunger Initiative

The Texas Hunger Initiative and the Alliance to End Hunger have been working with communities for more than 10 years, and one thing we’ve learned is that they can do more when they work together. This toolkit provides a step-by-step guide for building coalitions, plus it gives best practices examples from the field, ideas for...

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Hunger On Campus: The Challenge of Food Insecurity for College Students

By College and University Food Bank Alliance, National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, Student Government Resource Center, & Student Public Interest Research Groups

Food insecurity – the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food – is common at colleges and universities across the country, potentially undermining the educational success of untold thousands of students. Given its potential impact, the collective understanding of this issue is still far too limited. The existing studies on campus...

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Food Insecurity and SNAP Participation in the LGBT Community

By The Williams Institute

This study analyzes the extent of food insecurity experiences and participation in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) among LGBT adults and adults in same-sex couples. Using data from four representative, population-based surveys the authors find higher rates of these experiences among LGBT adults and adults in same-sex couples than among non-LGBT adults and...

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TEDx Talk: Throwaway Nation – Food Waste and Food Security

By TEDx University of Tulsa

The United States throws away unbelievable amounts of food each year— and much of it never even reaches a dinner table. Katie Plohocky shares the story of how she started saving perfectly good food from this fate, and gives us insight on how we can do the same. Please access the video using the following...

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TEDx Talk: The Shocking Truth about Food Insecurity

By TEDx WilmingtonWomen

A TEDx talk by Clancy Cash Harrison. A catalyst for social change, Clancy Cash Harrison challenges assumptions about hunger in the US. Her mission to demolish stigma around food assistance programs places her on the cutting edge of research, implementation, and advocacy.   Please access this video by using the following link:

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Collective Impact: A Powerpoint Overview

By Community Tool Box

A powerpoint presentation about the collective impact approach: what it is, when it’s appropriate, how to implement it, and how to evaluate it.

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How Hungry Is America? Food Hardship in America: A Look at National, Regional, State, and Metropolitan Statistical Area Data on Household Struggles With Hunger

By Food Research & Action Center

This analysis of the Gallup data by FRAC looks at the rates at which Americans answered “yes” to the question “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?” nationally, regionally, at the state level, and at the local...

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