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.


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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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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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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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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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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Food Insecurity in Households with Children

By United States Department of Agriculture

Eighty-four percent of U.S. households with children were food secure throughout 2007, meaning that they had consistent access to adequate food for active, healthy lives for all household members. Nearly 16 percent of households with children were food insecure sometime during the year, including 8.3 percent in which children were food insecure and 0.8 percent in...

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Economic Research Report Number 194: Household Food Security in the United States in 2014

By United States Department of Agriculture

An estimated 86.0 percent of American households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2014, meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining households (14.0 percent) were food insecure at least some time during the year, including 5.6 percent with...

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Household Food Security in the United States in 2013

By United States Department of Agriculture

Published by the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, this publication looks into household food insecurity in the United States in 20313.  According to the report, 14.3 percent of households were food insecure at some point during the year.  The decline in food insecurity among households from 2011 was statistically significant, though improvements...

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Long Run Impacts of Childhood Access to the Safety Net

By University of California Davis

A growing economics literature establishes a causal link between in utero shocks and health and human capital in adulthood. Most studies rely on extreme negative shocks such as famine and pandemics. We are the first to examine the impact of a positive and policy-driven change in economic resources available in utero and during childhood. In particular, we focus...

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