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 in America 2014 – Executive Summary

By Feeding America

Hunger in America is a series of quadrennial studies that provide comprehensive demographic profiles of people seeking food assistance through the charitable sector and in-depth analyses of the partner agencies in the Feeding America network. It is the largest study of its kind. The data collected help guide the development of programs and solutions that...

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Food Insecurity Among Older Adults – Full Report – 2015 Update

By The AARP Foundation

Food insecurity among older adults is a critical social issue that requires immediate attention from policy and other decision makers. This report updates the data used in a 2011 report by James Ziliak and Craig Gundersen on the state of food security among older adults. Using the most up-to-date data available from the Current Population...

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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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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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Household Food Security in the United States in 2013

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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Household Food Security in the United States in 2012

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. Food and nutrition assistance programs of the...

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Poverty in the United States: 50-Year Trends and Safety Net Impacts

By U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

This report provides a statistical portrait of progress in the reduction of poverty and economic hardship over the past five decades among America’s most vulnerable citizens. The poverty measures presented in this volume show that the federal safety net has advanced the economic circumstances of low-income children and families since 1964. Three key metrics assess...

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Long-Term Benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

By Executive Office of the President of the United States

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the cornerstone of U.S. efforts to alleviate hunger by supplementing the food budgets of low-income households. The large majority of SNAP recipients are children, working parents, elderly Americans, and people with disabilities. SNAP has also played an important role in lifting millions of people—especially children—out of poverty for...

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Nutrient and MyPyramid Analysis of USDA Foods in Five of Its Food and Nutrition Programs

By United States Department of Agriculture

Through its food distribution programs, USDA purchases a variety of food including fruits, vegetables, meat, grains, and dairy products to help low income households and individual program participants obtain access to nutritious food and to support American agriculture. USDA Foods are distributed to help supplement the diets of participants in several programs including:  children participating...

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2013 USDA Food Security Map and Statistics

By United States Department of Agriculture

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