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.


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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Poverty and Food Insecurity in Wisconsin and Dane County

By University of Wisconsin-Extension

This report identifies the growing trend of poverty and food insecurity in Wisconsin.  The state has recently experienced two major recessions and a rising unemployment rate, which has resulted in many of its residents struggling to meet basic food needs.  In this report, Katherine Curtis and Judi Bartfield explore the underlying causes of growing poverty...

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Food Desert Locator

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

The “Food Desert Locator” is an online tool that allows you to get a spatial overview of low-income neighborhoods with high concentrations of people who are far from a grocery store. Through this tool, you can map food deserts and view census tract-level statistics on population groups with low access to healthy food.

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Food Environment Atlas

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

This map-based tool provides a comprehensive, county and state-level look at a community’s ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so. The Atlas assembles statistics on three broad categories of food environment factors: Food Choices—Indicators of the community’s access to and acquisition of healthy, affordable food, such as: access and proximity to...

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State-Level Predictors of Food Insecurity and Hunger Among Households With Children

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

“State-Level Predictors of Food Insecurity and Hunger Among Households With Children” examines interstate variation in household food security. Using hierarchical modeling, the authors identify several contextual dimensions that appear linked to household food security: the availability and accessibility of Federal nutrition assistance programs, policies affecting economic well-being of low-income families, and States’ economic and social...

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Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

The “Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit” provides standardized measurement tools for assessing various aspects of community food security. It includes a general guide to community assessment and focused materials for examining six basic assessment components related to community food security. These include guides for profiling general community characteristics and community food resources as well as...

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What Factors Account for State-to-State Differences in Food Security?

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

“What Factors Account for State-to-State Differences in Food Security” describes how States differ in the extent to which their residents are food secure-meaning that they have consistent access to enough food for active, healthy living. The prevalence of food security in a State depends not only on the characteristics of households in the State, such...

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Map the Meal Gap

By Feeding America

“Map the Meal Gap” is a tool that depicts hunger at the community level. Select your state from the interactive map, and start learning more about the residents struggling with hunger and the food banks that serve them. This study digs down to the county level, examining food insecurity rates, average meal cost, and income...

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