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 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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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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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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SNAP Matters for People with Disabilities

By FRAC

Poverty, hunger, and food insecurity disproportionately affect Americans who have communicative, mental, or physical disabilities. For these children, adults, and seniors, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as a vital support. This report provides information on: 1. The population of Americans with disabilities, including factors that lead to increased poverty and food insecurity among...

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Initiatives to Make SNAP Benefits More Adequate Significantly Improve Food Security, Nutrition, and Health

By Food Research & Action Center

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly “food stamps”) is the largest nutrition assistance program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP serves as the first line of the nation’s public policy defense against hunger and undernutrition as well as an effective anti-poverty initiative. SNAP has a critical role, not just in reducing...

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Food Insecurity: Better Information Could Help Eligible Students Access Federal Food Assistance Benefits

By Government Accountability Office

This report looks at how many college students are going hungry and how different sectors can help improve food access.

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Hidden Food Stress: Underreported in National Data

By Children's HealthWatch

Many families across the country experience stress over whether or not they will have enough resources to feed their families, or “hidden food stress” (technically known as “marginal food security”).

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Report Card on Food Security and Immigration

By Children's HealthWatch

Our research highlights the disparities immigrant families with young citizen children experience in their ability to afford enough food, and describes the severity of that deprivation. As severity of food insecurity increases, risks of poor health outcomes also increase.11 This research also explores how the length of time mothers have lived in the U.S. is...

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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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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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