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.


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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Hunger Free Communities: A Toolkit for the Community Coalition

By The Alliance to End Hunger

This toolkit has three main sections—Coalition Building, Planning, and Implementation—to help guide your HFC through the various stages of development. Successful HFCs include not only “movers and shakers,” but concerned citizens, volunteers, and program clients and participants. Working together creates an opportunity for discussion and strategy development to address community hunger in a comprehensive, coordinated...

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FoodWorks: A Vision to Improve NYC’s Food System

By New York City Council

FoodWorks: A Vision to Improve NYC’s Food System is comprehensive plan that sets a bold vision for a more sustainable food system for New York City. FoodWorks provides a blueprint for addressing issues at every phase of the food system – from agricultural production, processing, distribution, consumption and post-consumption. The proposals include new legislation, funding...

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State Legislative and Regulatory Action to Prevent Obesity and Improve Nutrition and Physical Activity (Interactive Website)

By Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

State Legislative and Regulatory Action to Prevent Obesity and Improve Nutrition and Physical Activity is run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This interactive website offers information about state-level actions to prevent obesity and improve nutrition and physical activity. This database allows the user to search for state Legislative and regulation actions related...

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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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WIC Food Packages Policy Options Study

By U.S. Department of Agriculture / Mathematica Policy Research

In 2007, the Food and Nutrition Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued an “Interim Rule” that substantially revised regulations governing the WIC food packages. State agencies administering the WIC Program at the state level were required to implement the revised food packages by October 2009. The WIC Food Packages Policy Options Study documents how state...

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State-Level Predictors of Food Insecurity and Hunger Among Households With Children

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

“State-Level Predictors of Food Insecurity and Hunger Among Households With Children” examines interstate variation in household food security. Using hierarchical modeling, the authors identify several contextual dimensions that appear linked to household food security: the availability and accessibility of Federal nutrition assistance programs, policies affecting economic well-being of low-income families, and States’ economic and social...

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What Factors Account for State-to-State Differences in Food Security?

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

“What Factors Account for State-to-State Differences in Food Security” describes how States differ in the extent to which their residents are food secure-meaning that they have consistent access to enough food for active, healthy living. The prevalence of food security in a State depends not only on the characteristics of households in the State, such...

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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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