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.


Freedom from Hunger: An Achievable Goal for the United States of America

By National Commission on Hunger

To identify solutions to hunger, Congress created the bipartisan National Commission on Hunger “to provide policy recommendations to Congress and the USDA Secretary to more effectively use existing programs and funds of the Department of Agriculture to combat domestic hunger and food insecurity.” This report is based on the commission members’ full agreement that hunger...

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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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Economic Research Report Number 194: Household Food Security in the United States in 2014

By United States Department of Agriculture

An estimated 86.0 percent of American households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2014, meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining households (14.0 percent) were food insecure at least some time during the year, including 5.6 percent with...

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Steps for a Hunger-Free Community

By The Alliance to End Hunger

These actions steps were compiled by the House Select Committee on Hunger, chaired by Rep. Tony Hall (D-OH).  In 1992, a “sense of the Congress” resolution was passed endorsing these steps and encouraging communities to solve the hunger and malnutrition problems of their residents.  In 2008, Congress appropriated $5 million in grants to support communities...

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Innovative collaborations support low-income Minnesotans’ access to local farmers markets

By Blue Cross and Blue Shield

In this case study, BlueCross BlueShield collaborated with the City of Minneapolis and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy to make users of SNAP aware that their EBT and Market Bucks could be used at the Midtown farmers market in Minneapolis.  By matching SNAP benefits dollar-for-dollar (up to 5 dollars a day), this collaboration...

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The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters

By Policy Link / The Food Trust

The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters studies the inequitable access to food. PolicyLink and The Food Trust conducted this inquiry to summarize the existing evidence base, carefully reviewing more than 132 studies. This report, a summary of our current knowledge about food deserts and their impacts on communities,...

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Stepping Up to the Plate: Healthy food access and the anti-hunger community’s response

By MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger |MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Stepping Up to the Plate: Healthy food access and the anti-hunger community’s response provides tools and strategies to help board members, executive directors, program staff and other stakeholders in the anti-hunger field integrate healthy food access into their organization’s work. This guide is divided into six sections: • Organizational Change • Food Distribution • Nutrition...

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Rebuilding the American Economy–One Heirloom Tomato at a Time

By The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Rebuilding the American Economy–One Heirloom Tomato at a Time is based on a conference held by the Wilson Center in March 2011. This summarizing report was prepared to discuss both the scope of healthy/sustainable food consumption and the challenges faced by those seeking to transform the way Americans eat. Particular emphasis is placed on planning...

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Rural Grocery Stores: Importance and Challenges

By Center for Rural Affairs

 Rural Grocery Stores: Importance and Challenges is a report that details the unique issues of rural food access. It covers the issues of declining population, chain stores, and related challenges. Consequences for local communities are examined as well. Findings from surveys of rural grocers are included, as are resources for further information.

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