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.


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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TEDx Talk: “Do the Thing in Front of You”

By Tony Hall at TEDxDayton

Tony Hall, a a leading advocate for global hunger relief programs and improving human rights, gives a talk about informing people that they have a hunger problem in the world. 21,000 people will die today from hunger in the world and 48 million people are hungry in America. But, we can do something about it....

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Community Garden Best Practices Toolkit

By Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador

This is a guide for communities who would like to start a community garden project. It was written specifically for Newfoundland and Labrador, but most of the information provided would be useful to a wide variety of communities.

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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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From Disparities to Discrimination: Getting at the Roots of Food Security in America

By Children's HealthWatch

Racial and ethnic disparities in food insecurity persist in the United States. In this report, we highlight the emerging research from our Philadelphia site that documents differences in food insecurity in relation to experiences with racial and ethnic discrimination on the street, in healthcare, school and work, with the police, and in other settings. We...

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Beyond Bread: Healthy Food Sourcing in Emergency Food Programs

By WhyHunger

This guide features resources and information about innovative programs for healthy food sourcing implemented by organizations around the country. It includes a number of interesting case studies.

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Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Toolkit

By Washington State University

The Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Toolkit provides an observational survey that can be used to measure the healthfulness of the local food pantry environment. This observational survey is also called an environmental scan or “e-scan.” The Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Tool can be used to measure the food pantry environment as it compares to best...

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Household Food Security in the United States in 2017

By USDA

An estimated 88.2 percent of U.S. households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2017, meaning they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining households (11.8 percent) were food insecure at least some time during the year, including 4.5 percent with very low...

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Reviving Economies, Restoring Food Systems: Models of Food Enterprises in Indian Country

By First Nations Development Institute

This report highlights five food enterprises in Native American and Hawaiian Native communities that are leading the way to increasing positive health factors and building wealth for their community members. On their journey of food reclamation, they have encountered and have overcome many challenges often experienced in generating economic development in Native American and Native...

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