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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Steps for a Hunger-Free Community

By The Alliance to End Hunger

These actions steps were compiled by the House Select Committee on Hunger, chaired by Rep. Tony Hall (D-OH).  In 1992, a “sense of the Congress” resolution was passed endorsing these steps and encouraging communities to solve the hunger and malnutrition problems of their residents.  In 2008, Congress appropriated $5 million in grants to support communities...

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Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) Demonstration: Evaluation Findings for the Proof-of- Concept Year

By US Department of Agriculture

The US Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides out-of-session meals and snacks to children eligible for free of reduced-price breakfast/lunch during school months.  In contrast, the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) is an electronic cash transfer to the family of an eligible child using either the existing WIC or SNAP...

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The Pennsylvania SFSP Rural Area Eligibility Pilot Evaluation

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Pennsylvania SFSP Rural Area Eligibility Pilot Evaluation studies the efficacy and viability of using The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). SFSP operated a pilot in rural areas of Pennsylvania during the summers of 2005 and 2006. The purpose of the pilot was to test whether lowering the threshold for site eligibility in low-income areas...

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Tackling Summer Hunger: Ensuring No Kid Goes Hungry When School Is Out

By Share Our Strength

“Tackling Summer Hunger” provides details about the summer meals program and how Share Our Strength and its partners are successfully tackling summer hunger. The report provides background information on the issue of hungry kids during the summer months while highlighting Share Our Strength’s investments that increase access to food. Marketing and outreach techniques are highlighted...

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Indicators of Sustainability Scoring Matrix: Summer Food

By Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

“Indicators of Sustainability Scoring Matrix” provides a template for evaluating summer feeding programs. Based on the tool, a summer food site is rated based on certain goals like having adequate capacity to implement the Summer Food Program or having community awareness of the program and its services. Under each goal, certain benchmarks are highlighted such...

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Setting the Table to Address Family Hunger

By Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

“Setting the Table to Address Family Hunger” gives a summary of the caregiver meals pilot project, which provides free meals to adults accompanying children at summer feeding sites. The project makes the argument that providing free caregiver meals in conjunction with summer feeding programs is a benefit to the children, the families and program sponsors....

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A Summer Food Guide: The step-by-step guide to running the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program in Oregon

By Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

“A Summer Food Guide” is a comprehensive “how to” guide for an individual or a group who is interested in running a Summer Food Service Program in Oregon. It provides some background information on hunger in Oregon and Summer Food in general before addressing in step-by-step detail the process of starting a summer food site....

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