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.


How food banks and food pantries get their food

By Feeding America

Food banks distribute a lot of food. Last year, the Feeding America network distributed more than 6.6 billion meals. As we continue the fight against hunger in the United States, food banks will need to provide millions more meals to meet the increased need. But, where do food banks get all that food, and what...

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Creating Healthier Students & Better Learners with the School Breakfast Program: Maryland School Breakfast Report

By Maryland Hunger Solutions

Data from the Maryland Hunger Solutions annual Creating Healthier Students & Better Learners with the School Breakfast Program: Maryland School Breakfast Report reveal that far too many low-income children in Maryland are still missing out on school breakfast. Michael J. Wilson, director of MDHS, was quoted in a Kent County News article about Kent County...

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Reimagining Hunger in Times of Crisis: Insights from Case Examples and a Survey of Native Communities’ Food Access During COVID-19

By Food Research & Action Center

Native American communities remain resilient in the face of disproportionately high rates of poverty, hunger, unemployment, and poor health, both before and during COVID19. For American Indian and Alaska Native communities, disparities in food insecurity are a result of the structural racism originating with colonization and continuing to the present. A key step in addressing...

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A Toolkit for Developing and Strengthening Hunger Free Community Coalitions

By Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty

The Texas Hunger Initiative and the Alliance to End Hunger have been working with communities for more than 10 years, and one thing we’ve learned is that they can do more when they work together. Organizations and volunteers are doing incredible things for individuals and families across the country, but food insecurity is a complex...

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City of Indianapolis Racial Equity Goals & Strategies Toolkit

By Indy Food Council

The City of Indianapolis is committed to the diversity, inclusion, and racial equity of its employees. The City of Indianapolis is committed to significantly increasing its communication, collaboration and feedback with the city’s residents. The City of Indianapolis is committed to racial equity in its delivery of programs and services, with each department and agency...

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Still Minding the Grocery Gap: A 2021 Update

By DC Hunger Solutions

One of the most egregious forms of inequity in Washington D.C. is the grocery store gap. For the past 10 years, D.C. Hunger Solutions has tracked the disparities in grocery store access across the District. This year, D.C. Hunger Solutions published Still Minding the Grocery Gap: A 2021 Update, which found that no new grocery...

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Why College Students Face Hunger

By Feeding America

For low-income college students, hunger can have lasting physical and mental effects. These students frequently skip meals or going without food. Without enough food to fuel long days of classes and long nights of studying, students are more likely to have a lower grade point average than students who don’t have to worry about having...

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Your Guide to Gleaning

By Feeding America

What is gleaning? Gleaning is simply harvesting extra crops from farms and gardens to give to our neighbors facing hunger. Gleaning also helps farmers reduce food waste. Farms account for 21% of all food waste in the United States. Unfortunately, the crops are at risk of becoming food waste if they have cosmetic issues that...

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New Research Shows SNAP Reduces Hospital and ER Visits, Lowers Medicaid Costs by $2,360 per Person Annually

By Benefits Data Trust (BDT)

Higher enrollment by older adults in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is associated with fewer hospital and long-term care admissions as well as emergency room visits – and an estimated Medicaid cost-savings of $2,360 per person annually, according to newly published research findings. The research also found that data-driven outreach and assistance in applying...

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At First Glance: Hunger, Health & Equity | Spotlight on Native Americans

By Feeding America

This foundational issue brief developed by Feeding America’s Health Equity Action League (HEAL) describes food and health disparities within Native American communities and offers suggestions on immediate actions individuals and organizations can take to advance health equity and ensure all have a fair opportunity to live long and healthy lives.

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