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.


Developing an Afterschool Meals Outreach Plan

By Food Research & Action Center

Increasing participation in the Afterschool Meal Program requires proactive planning and partnership. Developing a strong and cohesive outreach plan is an important way to increase participation, and the summer months are the perfect time to recruit afterschool sites, ensure existing sites will be returning, engage new partners, and increase awareness. Detailed below are things to...

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10: Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience

By Tamarack Institute

Multi-sectoral collaboration between governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, and people with lived/living experience of poverty has been recognized as a core principle of effective poverty-reduction work since the establishment of Vibrant Communities in 2002. This guide seeks to further support the inclusion of these diverse voices as an integral part of reducing and eliminating poverty.

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Building Strong School Nutrition Programs: A Guide for Charter Schools

By Food Research & Action Center

This guide provides steps to start and strengthen the School Nutrition Programs in charter schools. The guide recognizes the common challenges charter schools may face while operating these programs and the best practices to overcome them so that charter schools can maximize access to school meals through provisions, like community eligibility and breakfast after the...

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School Breakfast: Making it Work in Large School Districts, 2017–2018 School Year

By Food Research & Action Center

This report looks at school breakfast participation and policies in 76 large school districts across the country to evaluate successful practices in reaching more low-income children with school breakfast. This is a companion report to the School Breakfast Scorecard.

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Community Garden Best Practices Toolkit

By Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador

This is a guide for communities who would like to start a community garden project. It was written specifically for Newfoundland and Labrador, but most of the information provided would be useful to a wide variety of communities.

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Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Toolkit

By Washington State University

The Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Toolkit provides an observational survey that can be used to measure the healthfulness of the local food pantry environment. This observational survey is also called an environmental scan or “e-scan.” The Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Tool can be used to measure the food pantry environment as it compares to best...

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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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A Toolkit for Developing and Strengthening Hunger Free Community Coalitions

By Texas Hunger Initiative

This toolkit 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. Please use the following link to access this resource: https://www.baylor.edu/texashunger/index.php?id=953881

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Best Practices for Conducting Outreach to Expand the Afterschool Meal Program

By Food Research & Action Center

Advocates can expand the Afterschool Meal Program and obtain federal reimbursement using proven outreach strategies, including promoting the program, building relationships with afterschool and out-of-school time provider networks, connecting sites to available community resources, and working closely with the state agency.

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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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