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.


The Socio-Economic Significance of Food Deserts

By Patchwork Nation

This article examines the growing existence of areas where there is limited or no access to affordable, nutritious food.  These areas, known as food deserts, are most prominently found in low-income communities and have been shown to contribute to the high rates of obesity and diabetes in these areas.  This article also delves into the...

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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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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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Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences presents the findings of a study on food deserts and a set of commissioned research studies. It also includes reviews of existing literature, a national-level assessment of access to supermarkets and large grocery stores, analysis of the economic and public health...

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