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.


Not Enough to Eat: COVID-19 Deepens America’s Hunger Crisis

By FRAC

Prior to COVID-19, even in the midst of a strong economy with a record streak of job growth and low unemployment rates, in 2018 nearly 8 million (4 percent) American adults reported that members of their households sometimes or often did not have enough to eat. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household...

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The Right to Food: Building Upon “Food Is Medicine”

By American Journal of Preventative Medicine

Despite progress being made in integrating provision of food into healthcare services, there are on the ground limitations of “food is medicine” interventions that need to be acknowledged as barriers to creating lasting change. Goals must now expand beyond remediating the physiologic impacts of a poor diet and reducing associated healthcare costs and evolve toward...

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Millions of Adults Ages 50 and Older Rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

By AARP Public Policy Institute

This Fact Sheet describes selected characteristics of SNAP households that include adults ages 50 and older and the minimum and maximum benefits that these households receive. State-level data are included in the appendices.

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Community Eligibility: The Key to Hunger-Free Schools School Year 2019 – 2020

By FRAC

Community eligibility allows high-needs schools and districts to meet the nutritional needs of the many low-income families they serve. The option creates hunger-free schools by ensuring that students are well-nourished and ready to learn, and it allows school nutrition departments to use their resources to provide nutritious meals by streamlining administrative requirements. As the nation...

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Take Action: SNAP Challenge Toolkit 2020

By FRAC

The SNAP Challenge (“Challenge”) gives participants a view of the struggle to obtain adequate food that is faced by millions of low-income Americans. By living on the average SNAP benefit, Challenge participants find themselves forced to make food shopping choices on a limited budget, and learn how difficult it is to avoid hunger, afford nutritious...

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New Jersey Community Colleges #RealCollege Survey

By The Hope Center

Now in its fifth year, the #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs security among college students. In the absence of any federal data on the subject, the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice created the survey to evaluate access to affordable food and housing among college students. This...

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#RealCollege 2020: Five Years of Evidence on Campus Basic Needs Insecurity

By The Hope Center, Christine Baker-Smith, Vanessa Coca, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Elizabeth Looker, Brianna Richardson, and Tiffani Williams

Now in its fifth year, the #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs insecurity among college students. In the absence of any federal data on the subject, the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice created the survey to evaluate access to affordable food and housing among college students. This...

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School Breakfast Scorecard School Year 2018 – 2019

By FRAC

This report measures the reach of the School Breakfast Program in the 2018–2019 school year — nationally and in each state — based on a variety of metrics, and examines the impact of select trends and policies on program participation.

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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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The Impacts of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Redemptions on County-Level Employment

By USDA Economic Research Service

This study investigates the impacts of USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) redemptions on metro and nonmetro county-level employment. From 2001 to 2014, SNAP redemptions had a positive average impact on county-level employment in nonmetro counties but no measurable impact in metro counties. The impacts of SNAP were positive from 2008 to 2010 in both...

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