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.

Child and Adult Care Food Program Participation Trends, FY 2017

By Food Research and Action Center

This annual analysis shows Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) participation data for child care centers and family child care homes for the U.S. and for each state and the District of Columbia. This report includes a series of graphs and tables that show key findings for fiscal year 2017.

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Smart Snacks in School

By United States Department of Agriculture

USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting junk food. The health of today’s school environment continues to improve....

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National School Lunch Program

By United States Department of Agriculture

This document is produced by the USDA and answers questions such as: What is the National School Lunch Program? How does the National School Lunch Program work? What are the nutritional requirements for school lunches? How do children qualify for free and reduced price meals? How much reimbursement do schools get? What other support do...

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Food Insecurity Among Older Adults – Full Report – 2015 Update

By The AARP Foundation

Food insecurity among older adults is a critical social issue that requires immediate attention from policy and other decision makers. This report updates the data used in a 2011 report by James Ziliak and Craig Gundersen on the state of food security among older adults. Using the most up-to-date data available from the Current Population...

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Public Charities Can Lobby

By Bolder Advocacy

Much advocacy work, including efforts to influence executive branch actions, does not constitute lobbying. Yet, contrary to popular misconception, 501(c)(3) public charities—including houses of worship and public foundations—can lobby under federal law. In fact, the Internal Revenue Service has stated that public charities “may lobby freely” so long as lobbying is within generous specified limits....

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Hunger in America 2014 – Executive Summary

By Feeding America

Hunger in America is a series of quadrennial studies that provide comprehensive demographic profiles of people seeking food assistance through the charitable sector and in-depth analyses of the partner agencies in the Feeding America network. It is the largest study of its kind. The data collected help guide the development of programs and solutions that...

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Advocacy Tool Kit – Capital Region BOCES

By Capital Region BOCES Communications Service

This toolkit gives clear instructions on how to engage effectively with legislators. Various methods are discussed including developing “laser talks,” media engagement and community organizing. Although geared toward advocating for educational programs, these tools can be used across the board.

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#SocialCongress 2015

By Congressional Management Foundation

…the primary purpose of this research is to provide some practical insight into how congressional offices and citizens can use social media to build stronger relationships, a welcome secondary outcome might be to chip a few bricks from the wall of cynicism that separates people from politicians. To quote Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a...

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Rise Up! Organizing in Emergency Food Programs

By WhyHunger

This guide was created to motivate you to take action. Set up voter registration; support a food justice or economic justice campaign; join a coalition or network; start an organizing campaign to address your community needs. Act now. Act together.

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Face-to-Face with Congress: Before, During, and After Meetings with Legislators

By Congressional Management Foundation

The purpose of this report is to provide research-based guidance for scheduling, conducting, and following up after office meetings with Members of Congress and staff. To develop this advice, CMF used information collected through its long history working with congressional offices and data from surveys conducted with congressional staffers, primarily from the House of Representatives,...

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