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.

Rise Up! Organizing in Emergency Food Programs

By WhyHunger

This guide was created to motivate you to take action. Set up voter registration; support a food justice or economic justice campaign; join a coalition or network; start an organizing campaign to address your community needs. Act now. Act together.

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Household Food Security in the United States in 2014

By United States Department of Agriculture

Most U.S. households have consistent, dependable access to enough food for active, healthy living—they are food secure. But a minority of American households experience food insecurity at times during the year, meaning that their access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources. USDA’s food and nutrition assistance programs increase...

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Hunger Free Communities: A Toolkit for the Community Coalition

By The Alliance to End Hunger

This toolkit has three main sections—Coalition Building, Planning, and Implementation—to help guide your HFC through the various stages of development. Successful HFCs include not only “movers and shakers,” but concerned citizens, volunteers, and program clients and participants. Working together creates an opportunity for discussion and strategy development to address community hunger in a comprehensive, coordinated...

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Survey Tool to Measure The Impact of a Home-Delivered Meal Program

By Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics

Home-delivered meal programs are a tool to address food, nutrition, and well-being concerns of this population. Few studies have identified outcomes from these programs; a pilot study was completed to measure the nutritional status, dietary intake, well-being, loneliness, and food security levels of seniors participating in a Meals on Wheels delivery service. Clients, new to...

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Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass is a digital guide to help stakeholders navigate USDA resources and efforts related to local and regional food systems. It explains USDA’s recent work to create new market opportunities and to use consumer interest in where their food comes from to foster a national conversation that benefits...

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Sonoma County Community Food Assessment

By Sonoma County Food System Alliance

Sonoma County Community Food Assessment contains information about the existing conditions of the food system. This information will be used to help inform policy and to develop broader awareness needed to facilitate systems change. This assessment is broken down into chapters, based on the eight identified goals of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance. These goals...

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SNAP Access in Urban America: A City-by-City Snapshot

By Food Research and Action Center

SNAP Access in Urban America: A City-by-City Snapshot examines SNAP/Food Stamps and hunger in 22 of America’s largest urban areas, situated in 19 states and the District of Columbia, looking particularly at local SNAP/Food Stamp participation rates, numbers of unserved people, and consequences for individuals and local economies.This report provides tables and extensive information based...

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Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America assembles statistics on four broad categories of socioeconomic factors: People, jobs, agriculture, and county classifications.This atlas promotes the well-being of rural America through research and analysis to better understand the economic, demographic, environmental, and social forces affecting rural regions and communities. In collaboration with other USDA agencies, ERS...

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Access to Healthier Foods: Opportunities and Challenges for Food Retailers in Underserved Areas

By Food Marketing Institute

Access to Healthier Foods: Opportunities and Challenges for Food Retailers in Underserved Areas details food access issues, particularly for businesses trying to make a profit and consumers looking to eat well. This study looks at the impact of grocery stores in low access areas, barriers to grocery store development, factors that encourage and discourage store development in...

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USDA Farm to School Team – 2010 Summary Report

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) formed a Farm to School Team, comprised of staff from both the Food and Nutrition Service and Agricultural Marketing Service, to gain a greater understanding of the variables that affect farm to school; determine what needs exist for the school districts and farmers to begin, progress, or...

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