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.


WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2012 – Final Report

By United States Department of Agriculture

Like all biennial WIC PC reports since 1992, the 2012 report (PC2012) employs the prototype reporting system developed by FNS that uses participant information compiled from State WIC agencies. The reports, including PC2012, contain information on a census of WIC participants in April of the reporting year. For this report, 90 State WIC agencies submitted...

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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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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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Planning a WIC Research Agenda

By Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

Planning a WIC Research Agenda is summary of the presentations given at the Health Impacts of WIC—Planning a Research Agenda workshop held by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine on July 20-21, 2010. Individual workshop titles include: WIC and Birth Outcomes; WIC and Obesity; Research Needed to Improve Breastfeeding Protection, Promotion, and...

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WIC Eligibles and Coverage – 1994 to 2007: Estimates of the Population of Women, Infants, and Children Eligible for WIC Benefit

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

WIC Eligibles and Coverage – 1994 to 2007: Estimates of the Population of Women, Infants, and Children Eligible for WIC Benefit offers updated estimates of the population that met these criteria and was eligible for WIC benefits in each of the years 1994 through 2007. These revise a set of estimates published by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service...

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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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The WIC Program: Background, Trends, and Economic Issues (2009 Edition)

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

WIC is USDA’s third-largest food and nutrition assistance program; almost half of all infants and about a quarter of all children ages 1-4 in the United States participate in the program. This report, The WIC Program: Background, Trends, and Economic Issues (2009 Edition), describes the WIC program—how it works, its history, program trends, and the characteristics...

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Connecting Local Farmers with USDA Farmers Market Nutrition Program Participants

By U.S. Department of Agriculture / Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation & Development Council

Connecting Local Farmers with USDA Farmers Market Nutrition Program Participants is a study designed to determine if transportation is a limiting factor in the redemption of Senior and WIC FMNP (Farmers Market Nutrition Program) participants. It appears the Senior FMNP redemption rate will improve if transportation is provided, but the WIC FMNP redemption rate appears to...

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WIC and Retailer Grocery Stores

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

This document is a one-page, informational  resource about WIC and retail grocery stores. Information about WIC is presented in a question and answer format. Topics include a brief overview of WIC, where WIC is available, how stores are authorized to accept WIC checks, and other essential information WIC and retail providers. This is a useful...

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