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.


Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation 2020 Afterschool Nutrition Report

By FRAC

The Afterschool Nutrition Programs, in normal times, provide funding to serve suppers and snacks to children alongside educational and enrichment programming, helping to reduce childhood hunger in low-income communities and support the establishment and sustainability of afterschool programs. While funding for afterschool suppers has only been available nationwide for 10 years, steady progress has been...

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Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report 2020

By FRAC

The Summer Nutrition Programs, in normal times, provide funding to sponsors, such as schools, local government agencies, and private nonprofit organizations, to offer healthy meals at sites that typically provide educational, enrichment, physical, and recreational activities. This combination helps combat summertime food insecurity, weight gain, and learning loss among children, all of which increase during...

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2019 Hunger Innovation Report

By No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength

Today, one out of every seven kids lives in a home impacted by hunger. Despite a myriad of federal nutrition programs and an army of dedicated organizations and individuals working to minimize its impact, hunger persists. Innovative efforts to tackle childhood hunger—including Summer EBT pilots and breakfast in the classroom programs—have been successful at connecting...

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Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report

By Food Research & Action Center

This report measures the reach of the Summer Nutrition Programs in July 2018, nationally and in each state.

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Rethinking Summer Food: A New Vision to Reduce Summer Hunger

By Food Research & Action Center

The Summer Nutrition Programs have struggled to meet the need, serving just one child summer lunch for every seven low-income children who participated in school lunch during the regular school year. They are important programs, but their reach is falling far too short of meeting the need.

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The Food Assistance Landscape: FY 2018 Annual Report

By USDA ERS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers 15 domestic food and nutrition assistance programs that together affect the lives of millions of people. Accounting for $96.1 billion, or over two-thirds of USDA’s annual budget, these programs also represent a significant Federal investment. This report uses preliminary data from USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to...

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Summer Nutrition and Enrichment Programs: Effective Tools to Support Child Food Security, Health, and Learning During the Summertime

By Food Research & Action Center

This brief first summarizes important research on summertime food insecurity, weight gain, and learning loss, and then describes the value and effectiveness of the federal Summer Nutrition Programs and summer enrichment programming.

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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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Six Steps to Engage Hospitals on Summer Food

By Food Research & Action Center

This fact sheet features these six steps to help engage hospitals on summer meals: 1. Check out a Hospital’s Community Needs Assessment. 2. Contact the Hospital to Discuss Summer Meals. 3. Be a Voice in the Hospital’s Planning. 4. Host a Community Forum. 5. Connect a Hospital with an existing Sponsor and/or Site. 6. Recruit...

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The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger

By The Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger provides aspirational goals and strategies to ensure that all Coloradans are food secure and have access to healthy and nutritious foods to achieve optimal health outcomes, educational attainment, economic stability, and overall wellbeing. The Blueprint seeks to leverage current momentum and build on recent successes by coordinating efforts and...

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