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.


A Guide to Starting The Summer Food Service Program in Your Community

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

”A Guide to Starting The Summer Food Service Program in Your Community,” produced by USDA Food and Nutrition Service, is starter toolkit for those interested in implementing federally sponsored summer feeding programs in their community. The guide explains how the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) works, who can sponsor SFSP, what locations can be SFSP...

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Summer Food Service Program: Outreach Toolkit for Sponsors and Feeding

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Outreach Toolkit, produced by USDA Food and Nutrition Service, will help sponsors and come up with outreach strategies as well as create outreach materials such as fliers, letters to parents, and press releases that will help the community learn about the program. Many of the materials included on this...

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Filling Our Bowls: A Grassroots Guide to Fundraising

By WhyHunger

“Filling Our Bowls: A Grassroots Guide to Fundraising” is an introductory guide to fundraising and grant-writing. Topics covered in the guide include: writing a grant, government grants, foundation grants, corporate grants, social enterprise, in kind donations, international funding opportunities, finding grants online, and WHY Resources. In addition to a brief description on how each grant...

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Feeding Our Future: A Farm to School Program Guide

By WhyHunger

“Feeding Our Future: A Farm to School Program Guide” is a toolkit for practitioners who are interested in implementing Farm to School programs in their local communities. Highlighted in this guide are four groups with diverse approaches who are using the innovative model of Farm to School to improve children’s health and help bring business...

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Going Beyond Emergency Food: A Guide for Providers

By WhyHunger

“Going Beyond Emergency Food: A Guide for Providers” helps organizations move beyond emergency services so that they can provide the education and skills needed to address hunger and poverty issues. This guide will help you increase community food security and reduce poverty in your area. Increasing community food security means access to affordable nutritious food...

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Advocacy Toolkit

By WhyHunger

The “Advocacy Toolkit” is a toolkit for individuals and organizations looking to begin engaging in advocacy. The toolkit begins with a section that guides readers through a checklist on how to choose an issue for which to advocate. The second section presents an advocacy strategy chart from the Midwest Academy, which guides readers through goals,...

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Hunger Relief Now! A Plan To Reduce Hunger in King County

By United Way of King County

“Hunger Relief Now – A Plan to Reduce Hunger in King Country” outlines twelve action steps, both short- and long-term, that organizers in their community see as required to address hunger in the King County community, reduce it, and decrease the risk of it in the future. In addition to strategies for addressing and reducing...

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Let’s Glean

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

“Let’s Glean – United We Serve Toolkit” provides the basic information for those interested in getting started in crop gleaning and food rescue. The toolkit begins with a brief introduction and background on gleaning and then gives readers steps on “How to Start a Gleaning Program.”

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Bringing State Legislators to the Table

By National Conference of State Legislatures

”Bringing State Legislatures to the Table” provides state legislators with practical examples of how to leverage resources and expertise across sectors to reach vulnerable populations. The six sections address “working with” various sectors, e.g., children, senior citizens, diverse communities, businesses, farmers and schools. Each section includes innovative programs and describes how they were funded, relevant...

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Childhood Anti-Hunger Programs in 24 Cities

By The United States Conference of Mayors

In 2009, The U.S. Conference of Mayors invited mayors to describe the programs or initiatives that have demonstrated effectiveness in combating childhood hunger in their cities – the best practices that could guide other mayors in selecting or developing approaches to lowering a level of childhood hunger. This report illustrates the wide variety of approaches...

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