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.


The Food Assistance Landscape: FY 2018 Annual Report

By USDA ERS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers 15 domestic food and nutrition assistance programs that together affect the lives of millions of people. Accounting for $96.1 billion, or over two-thirds of USDA’s annual budget, these programs also represent a significant Federal investment. This report uses preliminary data from USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to...

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Building Strong School Nutrition Programs: A Guide for Charter Schools

By Food Research & Action Center

This guide provides steps to start and strengthen the School Nutrition Programs in charter schools. The guide recognizes the common challenges charter schools may face while operating these programs and the best practices to overcome them so that charter schools can maximize access to school meals through provisions, like community eligibility and breakfast after the...

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School Breakfast Scorecard (School Year 2017-2018)

By Food Research & Action Center

This annual report analyzes participation in the School Breakfast Program among low-income children nationally and in each state and the District of Columbia for the 2017–2018 school year. The report features best practices for increasing participation in the program, including breakfast after the bell models and community eligibility.

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School Breakfast: Making it Work in Large School Districts, 2017–2018 School Year

By Food Research & Action Center

This report looks at school breakfast participation and policies in 76 large school districts across the country to evaluate successful practices in reaching more low-income children with school breakfast. This is a companion report to the School Breakfast Scorecard.

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Tools You Can Use: Grow Your School, Afterschool, and Summer Nutrition Programs

By Food Research & Action Center

Every day, school nutrition departments across the country provide healthy meals to children to fuel their minds and bodies. This fact sheet showcases FRAC’s variety of resources to help school districts boost participation in school breakfast and lunch and implement strong afterschool and summer nutrition programs that maximize federal child nutrition funding.

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The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger

By The Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger provides aspirational goals and strategies to ensure that all Coloradans are food secure and have access to healthy and nutritious foods to achieve optimal health outcomes, educational attainment, economic stability, and overall wellbeing. The Blueprint seeks to leverage current momentum and build on recent successes by coordinating efforts and...

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Freedom from Hunger: An Achievable Goal for the United States of America

By National Commission on Hunger

To identify solutions to hunger, Congress created the bipartisan National Commission on Hunger “to provide policy recommendations to Congress and the USDA Secretary to more effectively use existing programs and funds of the Department of Agriculture to combat domestic hunger and food insecurity.” This report is based on the commission members’ full agreement that hunger...

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Special Nutrition Program Operations Study: State and School Food Authority Policies and Practices for School Meals Programs School Year 2011-12

By Unites States Department of Agriculture

The Special Nutrition Program Operations Study (SN-OPS) is a multiyear study designed to provide the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) with a snapshot of current state and School Food Authority (SFA) policies and practices and a baseline for observing the improvements resulting from the implementation of the HHFKA. The SN-OPS base-year activities involved collecting...

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How Economic Conditions Affect Participation in USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs

By United States Department of Agriculture

This study, based on 1976-2010 data, examines the relationship between U.S. economic conditions and participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s five largest nutrition assistance programs. It also describes how changes in program policy and other factors may have influenced this relationship. The five programs are: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp...

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Household Food Security in the United States in 2014

By United States Department of Agriculture

Most U.S. households have consistent, dependable access to enough food for active, healthy living—they are food secure. But a minority of American households experience food insecurity at times during the year, meaning that their access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources. USDA’s food and nutrition assistance programs increase...

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