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.

Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults: United States, 2011–2012

By U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The health risks associated with obesity make reducing the high prevalence of obesity a public health priority. Previous publications have shown both racial and ethnic disparities in obesity prevalence and no change in the prevalence of obesity among adults since 2003–2004. National obesity prevalence estimates for non-Hispanic Asian persons are possible for the first time,...

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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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Apples to Twinkies: Comparing Federal Subsidies of Fresh Produce and Junk Food

By U.S. Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG) Education Fund

Apples to Twinkies: Comparing Federal Subsidies of Fresh Produce and Junk Food is a short report that details the uneven distribution of federal subsidies for food. The primary argument of this resource is that the United States is misappropriating its funding, investing far too much money in programs that are not beneficial to the American...

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