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.


National School Lunch Program

By United States Department of Agriculture

This document is produced by the USDA and answers questions such as: What is the National School Lunch Program? How does the National School Lunch Program work? What are the nutritional requirements for school lunches? How do children qualify for free and reduced price meals? How much reimbursement do schools get? What other support do...

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Smart Snacks in School

By United States Department of Agriculture

USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting junk food. The health of today’s school environment continues to improve....

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Special Nutrition Program Operations Study: State and School Food Authority Policies and Practices for School Meals Programs School Year 2011-12

By Unites States Department of Agriculture

The Special Nutrition Program Operations Study (SN-OPS) is a multiyear study designed to provide the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) with a snapshot of current state and School Food Authority (SFA) policies and practices and a baseline for observing the improvements resulting from the implementation of the HHFKA. The SN-OPS base-year activities involved collecting...

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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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Diet Quality of American School-Age Children by School Lunch Participation Status: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2004

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Diet Quality of American School-Age Children by School Lunch Participation Status: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2004 provides a current and comprehensive picture of the diets of school-aged children. Data are presented for children who participated and did not participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). For comparison purposes, results...

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School Lunch and Breakfast Cost Study – II

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

School Lunch and Breakfast Cost Study-II provides a detailed examination of the cost of producing reimbursable meals in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) during school year (SY) 2005-06. Reimbursement rates in the NSLP and SBP have been adjusted to account for inflation, but there is concern that the...

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Regional Office Review of Applications (RORA) for School Meals 2009

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Regional Office Review of Applications (RORA) for School Meals 2009 is an examination of administrative errors that occurred in the application processing for the National School Lunch Program. This report is the fifth in a series of annual reports on the subject. This report focuses primarily on the 2008-2009 school year, with comparisons to previous...

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Direct Certification in the National School Lunch Program: State Implementation Progress School Year 2009-2010

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Direct Certification in the National School Lunch Program: State Implementation Progress School Year 2009–2010 assesses the effectiveness of State and local efforts to directly certify children for free school meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).  Direct certification is a process conducted by the States and by local educational agencies to certify certain children...

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Developing and Evaluating Methods for Using American Community Survey Data to Support the School Meals Programs

By National Research Council

Developing and Evaluating Methods for Using American Community Survey Data to Support the School Meals Programs is a report detailing development of a special provision to the application processes for federally provided school meals. To support the development of this, the Food and Nutrition Service asked the National Academies to study issues that arise in...

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Selecting Policy Indicators And Developing Simulation Models for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Selecting Policy Indicators And Developing Simulation Models for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs develops a simulation model to predict the potential implications of changes in policies related to school meals and school food environments. The model focuses on three domains of outcomes: (1) the nutritional quality of reimbursable meals provided for students in the...

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