Nationwide Resources


United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture in early 2019. The Census is conducted every five years, and provides national, state, and county-level data that informs many federal farm programs, policies, and funding decisions. Download the full Census report and see this summary from Maine Farmland Trust about the Census data for Maine. Additionally, see the American Farmland Trust’s 2018 Report about the state of our nation’s farmland: Farms Under Threat.

An illustrated video on the challenges of the dominant food system, and alternatives for creating healthy people and a healthy planet. Commissioned by the University of Vermont.


Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future's Food Policy Networks Project has extensive resources for food systems work including a map showing Food Policy Councils nationwide and extensive research links.

Leadership Learning Community

LLC is a national nonprofit organization transforming the way leadership development work is conceived, conducted and evaluated, primarily within the nonprofit sector. We focus on leveraging leadership as a means to create a more just and  equitable society. We combine our expertise in identifying, evaluating and applying cutting-edge ideas and promising practices in the leadership development field, with access to our engaged national network of hundreds of experienced funders, consultants and leadership development programs, to drive the innovation and collaboration needed to make leadership more effective. We also offer the following consulting services to help programs and foundations optimize their leadership investment strategy: scans, evaluations and network development.

Click here for more information about LLC.

Webinar below on Network Structures - June Holley.

USDA Economic Research Service

Food security definitions:

Food secure households had access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members: 87.7 percent (110.8 million) of U.S. households were food secure throughout 2016.

Food-insecure households are uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, at some time during the year, enough food to meet the needs of all their members because they had insufficient money or other resources for food: 12.3 percent (15.6 million) of U.S. households were food insecure at some time during 2016. Food-insecure households include those with low food security and very low food security.

  • 7.4 percent (9.4 million) of U.S. households had low food security in 2016.

  • 4.9 percent (6.1 million) of U.S. households had very low food security at some time during 2016.

Households with very low food security are food insecure to the extent that normal eating patterns of some household members were disrupted at times during the year, with self-reported food intake below levels considered adequate.

For more information and maps, click here.

Watch Closing the Hunger Gap's inaugural webinar on the challenges of our current emergency food system and how one food bank is shifting towards their work to support community-based solutions. Author Andy Fisher recounts the history of our current charitable emergency food system and the tangled relationship between corporations and emergency food providers.


Food Security and Hunger

  • 2017. Stand Together or Starve Alone: Unity and Chaos in the U.S. Food Movement. Mark Winne. (Website.)

  • 2017. Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups. Andrew Fisher. (Website. Discussion guide.)

Network Development

  • 2017. Leading Culture and Systems Change: How to Develop Network Leadership
    and Support Emerging Networks. Download here.

  • 2012. Leadership & Networks: New Ways of Developing Leadership in a Highly Connected World. Download here.

OTHER National Resources

Farm to Institution Policy and Advocacy tools.

Food Corps: Healthy food is an essential building block for a full life. But right now, we’ve got a generation of children that is overweight, vulnerable to diet-related disease, and more likely to suffer from a variety of health problems that will hold them back throughout their lifetimes. Our mission: Together with communities, FoodCorps serves to connect kids to healthy food in school.

Local Catch: is a community-of-practice that is made up of fisherman, organizers, researchers, and consumers from across North America that are committed to providing local, healthful, low-impact, and economy sustainable seafood via community supported fisheries (CSFs) and other direct marketing arrangements.

Slow Food USA: Slow Food USA gathers likely and unlikely allies to transform the way we produce, consume, and enjoy food.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): Maintains the Web Soil Survey which provides extensive mapping information about soils. Also maintains the Conservation Webinar Portal: The NRCS Science & Technology Training Library.