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.


Food Insecurity and SNAP Participation in the LGBT Community

By The Williams Institute

This study analyzes the extent of food insecurity experiences and participation in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) among LGBT adults and adults in same-sex couples. Using data from four representative, population-based surveys the authors find higher rates of these experiences among LGBT adults and adults in same-sex couples than among non-LGBT adults and...

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TEDx Talk: Throwaway Nation – Food Waste and Food Security

By TEDx University of Tulsa

The United States throws away unbelievable amounts of food each year— and much of it never even reaches a dinner table. Katie Plohocky shares the story of how she started saving perfectly good food from this fate, and gives us insight on how we can do the same. Please access the video using the following...

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TEDx Talk: The Shocking Truth about Food Insecurity

By TEDx WilmingtonWomen

A TEDx talk by Clancy Cash Harrison. A catalyst for social change, Clancy Cash Harrison challenges assumptions about hunger in the US. Her mission to demolish stigma around food assistance programs places her on the cutting edge of research, implementation, and advocacy.   Please access this video by using the following link:

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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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How Hungry Is America? Food Hardship in America: A Look at National, Regional, State, and Metropolitan Statistical Area Data on Household Struggles With Hunger

By Food Research & Action Center

This analysis of the Gallup data by FRAC looks at the rates at which Americans answered “yes” to the question “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?” nationally, regionally, at the state level, and at the local...

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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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Six Steps to Engage Hospitals on Summer Food

By Food Research & Action Center

This fact sheet features these six steps to help engage hospitals on summer meals: 1. Check out a Hospital’s Community Needs Assessment. 2. Contact the Hospital to Discuss Summer Meals. 3. Be a Voice in the Hospital’s Planning. 4. Host a Community Forum. 5. Connect a Hospital with an existing Sponsor and/or Site. 6. Recruit...

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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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The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger

By The Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger provides aspirational goals and strategies to ensure that all Coloradans are food secure and have access to healthy and nutritious foods to achieve optimal health outcomes, educational attainment, economic stability, and overall wellbeing. The Blueprint seeks to leverage current momentum and build on recent successes by coordinating efforts and...

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FRAC Facts: SNAP Strengths

By FRAC - Food Research & Action Center

A fact sheet outlining the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s anti-hunger, economic, child development, public health, and anti-poverty strengths.

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