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.


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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Poverty and Food Insecurity in Wisconsin and Dane County

By University of Wisconsin-Extension

This report identifies the growing trend of poverty and food insecurity in Wisconsin.  The state has recently experienced two major recessions and a rising unemployment rate, which has resulted in many of its residents struggling to meet basic food needs.  In this report, Katherine Curtis and Judi Bartfield explore the underlying causes of growing poverty...

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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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Food Expenditures and Diet Quality Among Low-Income Households and Individuals

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Food Expenditures and Diet Quality Among Low-Income Households and Individuals was carried out to address the question of whether there are associations between food expenditures and nutritional quality and is one of a set of related studies recommended by the panel. Within that context, the goal of this study is to identify whether spending more...

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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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Setting a Goal to End Poverty and Hunger in the United States

By Bread for the World Institute

Setting a Goal to End Poverty and Hunger in the United States, prepared by Bread for the World Institute, details hunger data while suggesting a plan of action to eliminate hunger and hold leaders accountable. Ending poverty and hunger will require a comprehensive framework of solutions, that recognizes the many factors that contribute to economic hardship, such as lack of employer-provided...

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Hunger in America: Suffering We All Pay For

By Center for American Progress / Brandeis University

Hunger in America: Suffering We All Pay For examines and details the national fiscal costs of hunger, which have grown due to the combination of lost economic productivity per year, more expensive public education because of the rising costs of poor education outcomes, avoidable health care costs, and the cost of charity to keep families...

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Childhood Hunger: A Time to Act

By Bread for the World Institute

Childhood Hunger: A Time to Act summarizes the growing problem of child hunger in United States, particularly at schools. This article looks at the needs of children, the various federally provided nutrition programs, and how to improve access to said nutrition programs. This brief article addresses the effects and federal treatments of hunger, while emphasizing...

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State Strategies to Reduce Child and Family Poverty

By National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

After a brief summary of challenges and consequences of child and family poverty, “State Strategies to Reduce Child and Family Poverty” outlines various strategies states can employ to reduce child and family poverty, such as expanding safety-opportunities, promoting asset-building strategies, passing anti-predatory and consumer protection legislation, increasing work support programs, investing in early-childhood education, and...

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