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.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (En Español)

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a bilingual brochure detailing the particulars of SNAP. After an explanation of the program, this brochure addresses the benefits, frequently asked questions, and resources associated with SNAP. Brief information about how to contact the state office and how to add healthy foods to family’s eating habits is included.   Supplemental...

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SNAP Access in Urban America: A City-by-City Snapshot

By Food Research and Action Center

SNAP Access in Urban America: A City-by-City Snapshot examines SNAP/Food Stamps and hunger in 22 of America’s largest urban areas, situated in 19 states and the District of Columbia, looking particularly at local SNAP/Food Stamp participation rates, numbers of unserved people, and consequences for individuals and local economies.This report provides tables and extensive information based...

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Real Food, Real Choice: Connecting SNAP Recipient with Farmers Markets

By Community Food Security Coalition / Farmers Market Coalition

Real Food, Real Choice: Connecting SNAP Recipient with Farmers Markets is an in-depth study of the use of SNAP benefits at farmers markets. The report examines the issue from a variety of perspectives, including the capacity of farmers markets to operate programs to accept EBT (electronic benefits transfer) cards; the types of programs that markets...

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An Exploratory Study of FoodShare Modernization in Miwaukee County

By Congressional Hunger Center / Hunger Task Force

Milwaukee County officials have utilized technology to make FoodShare (Wisconsin’s name for SNAP) more accessible and to better manage the caseload of FoodShare recipients.These initiatives were evaluated by Hunger Task Force in order to advocate for the the best implementation of FoodShare processing. This exploratory study presents data that were derived from interviews, observations, statistical...

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The Fighting Poverty with Faith Food Stamp Challenge Action Toolkit

By Fighting Poverty with Faith

The Food Stamp Challenge is a week long event where leaders and community members live on the average food stamp allotment. The toolkit is a great way of mobilizing your community to better understand how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) works on a personal level while highlighting the continued need for feeding programs. The...

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FoodShare Outreach in Milwaukee County

By Congressional Hunger Center / Hunger Task Force

“FoodShare Outreach in Milwaukee County” details Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. The Hunger Task Force assessed the current application assistance services provided throughout Milwaukee County to determine if services were adequately serving the community’s needs and to determine where similar self-serve application assistance models can be created. The goal of...

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SNAP State Outreach Plan Guidance

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

“SNAP State Outreach Plan Guidance” provides guidance to State SNAP agencies for how to submit an outreach plan to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for approval. It explains how an outreach plan can be a valuable tool for State SNAP agencies. It provides policy that will be helpful to State SNAP agencies as they...

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Putting Healthy Food Within Reach

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

“Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Putting Healthy Food Within Reach: Community Partner Outreach Toolkit,” produced by USDA Food and Nutrition Service, is a comprehensive guide for community organizations looking either to begin or enhance SNAP outreach. This toolkit includes information on: SNAP, maximizing your outreach efforts through developing partnerships, coordinating local events and working with your...

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Understanding the Client Experience: The “Secret Shopper” Approach

By Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon / National Council on Aging

“Understanding the Client Experience” is a case study conducted in Oregon which seeks to better understand and reduce the barriers to participation in SNAP. Through the “secret shopper” approach, barriers to program participation were identified and SNAP enrollment was improved. The case study provides a model for finding out how information is conveyed at the...

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Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force – Senior Citizen Focus Groups Summary of Findings

By Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

The “Senior Citizen Focus Groups – Summary of Findings” summarizes feedback received from senior citizens. The responses provide insight regarding barriers to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation and recommendations for outreach in Oregon. Some of the barriers to participation include issues like lack of information, stigma, office issues, and home-bound issues. This resource is...

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