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.


Hunger Facts

By Feeding America

“Hunger Facts” is an online tool that serves to educate about the causes of hunger in America. The tool includes a “Hunger Quiz” and statistics on hunger and poverty. Information regarding child hunger, hunger in the suburbs, rural hunger, senior hunger and the working poor are also included.

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Hunger in America 2010 – National Report Prepared for Feeding America

By Feeding America

“Hunger in America 2010” is the largest study of domestic hunger, providing comprehensive and statistically-valid data on Feeding America’s emergency food distribution system and the people it serves. Through more than 61,000 face-to-face client interviews and more than 37,000 surveys of local charitable agencies, “Hunger in America 2010” captures detailed information about who is in...

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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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Low-Income hispanic Children need both Private and Public Food Assistance

By Urban Institute

Families that use emergency food assistance often also get help from federal nutrition programs. Hispanic families less often receive help through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) than families of other racial/ethnic groups placing them at greater nutritional risk. Families that do not receive SNAP benefits often think that their income,...

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Emergency Food Assistance Helps Many Low-Income Hispanic Children

By Urban Institute

In 2009, nearly 1 in every 5 children in the United States lived in families that used emergency food assistance through Feeding America, the nation’s largest organization of emergency food providers. Higher shares of Hispanic and black children used emergency food assistance than white children, reflecting their higher rates of poverty. While the majority of...

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