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 National School Lunch Program Direct Certification Improvement Study: Main Report

By United States Department of Agriculture

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) promotes the health and well-being of the Nation’s children and is one of the largest food and nutrition assistance programs in the United States. It provides nutritionally balanced lunches to more than 30 million children each school day, with free or reduced-price meals provided to income-eligible children.1 Eligible children...

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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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2014 Farm Bill Highlights

By United States Department of Agriculture|United States Department of Agriculture

This document quickly highlights some of the important agricultural policy changes due to the 2014 Farm Bill

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How Economic Conditions Affect Participation in USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs

By United States Department of Agriculture

This study, based on 1976-2010 data, examines the relationship between U.S. economic conditions and participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s five largest nutrition assistance programs. It also describes how changes in program policy and other factors may have influenced this relationship. The five programs are: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp...

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Measuring the Effect of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation on Food Security

By United States Department of Agriculture

The study found that participating in SNAP for about six months was associated with an improvement in food security. SNAP was associated with a decrease in the percentage of households that were food insecure by 4.6 percentage points in the cross-sectional sample and 10.6 percentage points in the longitudinal sample. Participating in SNAP was also...

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Market Forces: Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems

By Union of Concerned Scientists

Market Forces: Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems reviews recent research on these systems and their economic effects. The report, detailing economic benefits of Farmers Markets and other local food outlets, recommends the following policy changes: Increase funding for programs that support local and regional food systems. Raise the level of research on the...

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Community Food Security Coalition Recommendations for Food Systems Policy in Seattle

By Community Food Security Coalition

This report, Community Food Security Coalition Recommendations for Food Systems Policy in Seattle, is presented to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods by the Community Food Security Coalition. These recommendations for next steps on food systems policy take into account national examples and reflect local knowledge of efforts already underway. These next steps can include job creation,...

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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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The Role of Local Food Systems in U.S. Farm Policy

By Congressional Research Service

The Role of Local Food Systems in U.S. Farm Policy says that while the current farm bill contains few specific programs that directly support local or regional food systems, such systems should play a larger policy role in the next farm bill. As the farm bill process moves forward, a number of bills have been...

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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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