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.


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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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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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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Race to Lead Revisited: Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

By Building Movement Project

BMP has been exploring the nonprofit racial leadership gap since 2016. Our newest report explores how the whiteness of organizations impacts the experiences of nonprofit workers and the uncertainty about the impacts of DEI efforts in the nonprofit sector. Learn more about this report and our regional briefs here.

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On The Frontlines: Nonprofits Led by People of Color Confront COVID-19 and Structural Racism

By Building Movement Project

This report examines how nonprofit leaders of color are grappling with the effects of COVID-19 on their communities, organizations, and themselves.

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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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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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