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.


3 facts you should know about military hunger

By Feeding America

For many active-duty military members, hunger is a reality. As many as 125,000 active-duty service members and their families experience food insecurity in the United States. Service members often experience unique challenges that make them more likely to face hunger: Limited income, high cost-of-living, and financial commitments. We’re proud that Feeding America network food banks...

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Map the Meal Gap study reveals surprising details about hunger

By Feeding America

Every year, Feeding America conducts the Map the Meal Gap study to learn more about hunger at the local level. By better understanding communities and neighborhoods, food banks can identify and reach people most in need of food assistance. The latest release examines the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, when millions of people were...

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Priorities for Closing SNAP Gaps and Addressing Looming Hunger Cliff

By Food Research & Action Center

New guidance from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) urges state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) agencies to leverage federal SNAP reimbursement funds for SNAP outreach that prioritizes work to help participants transition to regular intake rules after the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) COVID Public Health Emergency Declaration...

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Portrait of a Food Pantry Visitor: Data, Demographics, and Disparities

By Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC)

The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network consists of 14 partner food pantries, 20+ mobile food pantry locations, and a no-contact home delivery service. The DMARC Food Pantry Network operates a shared intake system and database. Food pantry visitors are asked a series of 12-14 questions about their household to help us...

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Summer is the hungriest season of the year for millions of kids

By Feeding America

For the more than 22 million children who depend on school breakfast and lunch programs, summer vacation means worrying about when they’ll eat next. Food banks are doing everything they can to meet the need in their communities this summer, but they can’t do it alone. As you read this, many food pantries and community...

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A New York City pantry provides shelter and food for the LGBTQ community

By Feeding America

About 101,000 young people do not have stable housing in New York City, and 44% of them identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Streetwork Project, which is part of Safe Horizon and the Food Bank for New York City, seeks to meet the needs of homeless youth. This includes help with medical care,...

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Food Bank Delivery Programs Expand to Meet Community Needs

By Feeding America

Over the past few years, grocery delivery programs have helped many people access food safely by breaking down barriers including transportation, mobility issues and more. Our neighbors with limited income often face these challenges, too. With this in mind, many food banks have developed and expanded their own delivery programs. Food bank delivery programs helped...

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Pandemic EBT for Children Under 6 on SNAP Fact Sheet

By Food Research & Action Center

Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the Colorado and Vermont Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) child care plans for school year 2021–2022 in April, a growing number of states have been approved. So far, all of the approved plans have used the simple approach to calculate the percentage decrease in lunch participation in the Child...

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Large School District Report: Operating School Nutrition Programs During the Pandemic

By Food Research & Action Center

FRAC’s Large School District Report: Operating School Nutrition Programs During the Pandemic highlights the role that school nutrition waivers have played in supporting school nutrition operations and access to school meals, the importance of extending the waivers through the 2022–2023 school year, and the path forward to ensure all children have access to the nutritious...

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The Reach of Breakfast and Lunch: A Look at Pandemic and Pre-Pandemic Participation

By Food Research & Action Center

FRAC’s 2022 School Breakfast and School Lunch Report found student participation in school breakfast and lunch dropped dramatically across the country when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and school nutrition programs are still recovering.

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