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.


WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2012 – Final Report

By United States Department of Agriculture

Like all biennial WIC PC reports since 1992, the 2012 report (PC2012) employs the prototype reporting system developed by FNS that uses participant information compiled from State WIC agencies. The reports, including PC2012, contain information on a census of WIC participants in April of the reporting year. For this report, 90 State WIC agencies submitted...

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National and State-Level Estimates of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Eligibles and Program Reach, 2011

By United States Department of Agriculture

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support), and referrals to health care and other social services at no charge. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. Because...

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Long Run Impacts of Childhood Access to the Safety Net

By University of California Davis

A growing economics literature establishes a causal link between in utero shocks and health and human capital in adulthood. Most studies rely on extreme negative shocks such as famine and pandemics. We are the first to examine the impact of a positive and policy-driven change in economic resources available in utero and during childhood. In particular, we focus...

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The Pennsylvania SFSP Rural Area Eligibility Pilot Evaluation

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Pennsylvania SFSP Rural Area Eligibility Pilot Evaluation studies the efficacy and viability of using The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). SFSP operated a pilot in rural areas of Pennsylvania during the summers of 2005 and 2006. The purpose of the pilot was to test whether lowering the threshold for site eligibility in low-income areas...

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Regional Office Review of Applications (RORA) for School Meals 2009

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Regional Office Review of Applications (RORA) for School Meals 2009 is an examination of administrative errors that occurred in the application processing for the National School Lunch Program. This report is the fifth in a series of annual reports on the subject. This report focuses primarily on the 2008-2009 school year, with comparisons to previous...

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Child and Adult Care Food Program: Aligning Dietary Guidance for All

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Child and Adult Care Food Program: Aligning Dietary Guidance for All assesses the nutritional needs of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) population based on Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Dietary Reference Intakes and makes recommendations for revisions to the CACFP meal requirements. The book outlines meal requirements that include food specifications that could be...

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Early Childhood Policy Focus: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

By Child Trends

Early Childhood Policy Focus: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity is a resource addressing the issues of nutrition, exercise, and obesity among young children. Research also identifies some effective strategies and programs that improve nutrition and exercise outcomes for young children. This brief summarizes recent research on the development of healthy eating and physical fitness habits...

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Children in the States Factsheets (Interactive Database)

By Children's Defense Fund

Children in the States Factsheets is a resource providing information about the general condition of children in each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. This database provides a comprehensive, state-by-state look at children’s issues, including birth information, education statistics, and mortality statistics. Of particular note is the included information about...

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