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.


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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Dismantling Racism in the Food System

By Food First

Racism—the systemic mistreatment of people based on their ethnicity or skin color—affects all aspects of our society, including our food system. While racism has no biological foundation, the socio-economic and political structures that dispossess and exploit people of color, coupled with widespread misinformation about race, cultures and ethnic groups, make racism one of the more...

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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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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

This toolkit 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. Please use the following link to access this resource: https://www.baylor.edu/texashunger/index.php?id=953881

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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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