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.


Tools You Can Use: Grow Your School, Afterschool, and Summer Nutrition Programs

By Food Research & Action Center

Every day, school nutrition departments across the country provide healthy meals to children to fuel their minds and bodies. This fact sheet showcases FRAC’s variety of resources to help school districts boost participation in school breakfast and lunch and implement strong afterschool and summer nutrition programs that maximize federal child nutrition funding.

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Self-Assessment Workbook for the Hunger Free Communities Network

By Minerva Delgado, Alliance to End Hunger

The Self-Assessment Workbook (SAW) is a tool to help build the capacity of the Hunger Free Communities (HFC) Network. The goal of the SAW is to assist a HFC coalition or backbone support organization in determining the critical elements for effective organizational management and network functioning and to identify those areas in need of strengthening...

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READY, SET, GO: Building Readiness for Collaborative and Community Impact

By Tamarack Institute

This paper will explore community readiness from several different perspectives. It is designed to provide practitioners with insights about community readiness. It will also explore different approaches when considering community readiness. Finally, the paper will include links to tools and resources which could be used to assess and build readiness for collaborative and community impact.

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Campus Kitchens Project Planner (Online Tool)

By The Campus Kitchens Project

The Campus Kitchens Project is a national organization helping students to eradicate hunger by preparing and delivering meals in their respective communities. They partner with high schools, colleges and universities to establish kitchens in available spaces where volunteers work diligently to provide food to those in need while fostering partnerships built around community involvement. The...

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Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass is a digital guide to help stakeholders navigate USDA resources and efforts related to local and regional food systems. It explains USDA’s recent work to create new market opportunities and to use consumer interest in where their food comes from to foster a national conversation that benefits...

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Children in the States Factsheets (Interactive Database)

By Children's Defense Fund

Children in the States Factsheets is a resource providing information about the general condition of children in each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. This database provides a comprehensive, state-by-state look at children’s issues, including birth information, education statistics, and mortality statistics. Of particular note is the included information about...

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Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America assembles statistics on four broad categories of socioeconomic factors: People, jobs, agriculture, and county classifications.This atlas promotes the well-being of rural America through research and analysis to better understand the economic, demographic, environmental, and social forces affecting rural regions and communities. In collaboration with other USDA agencies, ERS...

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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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Food Desert Locator

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

The “Food Desert Locator” is an online tool that allows you to get a spatial overview of low-income neighborhoods with high concentrations of people who are far from a grocery store. Through this tool, you can map food deserts and view census tract-level statistics on population groups with low access to healthy food.

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Farmers Markets Search

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

The “Farmers Markets Search” is a tool that searches farmers markets throughout the United States. The search filters by location, market name, products available, and payments accepted. Detailed information regarding the farmers markets is also accessible through the search function.

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