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.


Beyond Bread: Healthy Food Sourcing in Emergency Food Programs

By WhyHunger

This guide features resources and information about innovative programs for healthy food sourcing implemented by organizations around the country. It includes a number of interesting case studies.

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Reviving Economies, Restoring Food Systems: Models of Food Enterprises in Indian Country

By First Nations Development Institute

This report highlights five food enterprises in Native American and Hawaiian Native communities that are leading the way to increasing positive health factors and building wealth for their community members. On their journey of food reclamation, they have encountered and have overcome many challenges often experienced in generating economic development in Native American and Native...

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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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Collective Impact: A Powerpoint Overview

By Community Tool Box

A powerpoint presentation about the collective impact approach: what it is, when it’s appropriate, how to implement it, and how to evaluate it.

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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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Nonprofit Planning Template

By National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise

“Nonprofit Planning Template” presents a provisional framework for strategic planning in the form of a number of questions that a nonprofit can answer in different degrees of detail, depending on its capacity and inclination. The framework is designed for small to medium-sized nonprofits that want to make a bigger difference by making more strategic use...

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Whole Measures for Community Food Systems: Values-Based Planning and Evaluation

By Community Food Security Coalition

“Whole Measures for Community Food Systems” is designed to give organizations and communities a collaborative process for defining and expressing their complex stories and the multiple outcomes that emerge from their work. This document is a values-based, community-oriented tool for evaluation, planning, and dialogue geared toward organizational and community change.  The toolkit encourages organizations to...

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