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.


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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Hunger and Homelessness Survey

By The United States Conference of Mayors

This report presents the results of a survey of the 27 cities that comprise The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness. Respondents were asked to provide information on emergency food assistance and homeless services provided between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009. Cities included in the survey were: Boston-MA, Charleston-SC,...

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New Mexico Plan To End Hunger

By The New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger

Published in 2009, the “New Mexico Plan to End Hunger” includes five major policy and programming goals along with eighty-seven tactics to reduce hunger in New Mexico. The overarching goal of the plan is “To move New Mexico’s national ranking from #1 to #5 in food insecurity by affecting 35,000 New Mexicans over the next...

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USDA Guide to Measuring Food Security

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

“USDA Guide to Measuring Food Security” is a comprehensive guide to measuring food security based on US Department of Agriculture’s standard measurement practices.  Chapter topics include: (1) Background of the Household Food Security Measure, (2) The Food Security Questionnaire Core Module, (3) Implementing the Food Security Scale and the Food Security Measure, and (4) Preliminary...

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Palm Beach County Older Adult Nutrition Survey 2008

By Palm Beach County Community Food Alliance

“Palm Beach County Older Adult Nutrition Survey 2008” presents the findings of a survey conducted to assess the prevalence of food insecurity among older Americans in Palm Beach County, FL.  Key findings include the following: percentage of subjects without adequate food; characteristics of subjects without adequate food; conditions, behaviors, experiences among subjects without adequate food;...

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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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State Strategies to Reduce Child and Family Poverty

By National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

After a brief summary of challenges and consequences of child and family poverty, “State Strategies to Reduce Child and Family Poverty” outlines various strategies states can employ to reduce child and family poverty, such as expanding safety-opportunities, promoting asset-building strategies, passing anti-predatory and consumer protection legislation, increasing work support programs, investing in early-childhood education, and...

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Hunger Free Communities – A Toolkit for Congressional Staff

By Alliance to End Hunger

“Hunger Free Communities – A Toolkit for Congressional Staff” provides guidance and strategies, in step-by-step format, for Congressional staff in beginning Hunger-Free Communities work.  The toolkit assists in moving towards the 14-point framework compiled by the House Select Committee on Hunger, chaired by Rep. Tony Hall (D-OH) and endorsed by Congress in 1992, a “sense...

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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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