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.

Toolkit for Stimulus Check Outreach to Immigrant Families

By Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Toolkit for Stimulus Check Outreach to Immigrant Families. This toolkit features resources on how to connect harder-to-reach populations. These include families with immigrants, families with no or low-incomes, families with a member who is incarcerated, people who lack secure housing, people without Internet access, and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities.

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FACT SHEET: United States Department of Agriculture Provisions in H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan

By United States Department of Agriculture

WASHINGTON, Mar. 10, 2021 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The legislation is a critical step in getting the U.S. economy back on track, getting children back to school, getting COVID-19 vaccinations to all Americans, and pulling millions out of poverty. Specifically, provisions within the...

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Nutrition in Food Banking Toolkit

By Feeding America

The Nutrition in Food Banking Toolkit is a resource to help the charitable food sector better understand and meet nutrition needs of our neighbors experiencing food insecurity. You can also find several Toolkit sections available as their own standalone resources.

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Indy Hunger Network 2020 Annual Report

By Indy Hunger Network

Indy Hunger Network 2020 Annual Report. Report includes updates covering collaboration, activity, and efforts amidst COVID-19. With the mission to ensure that everyone who is hungry can access the nutritious food they need –  through dedication and flexibility the report details their resilient efforts.

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Budget Reconciliation 101

By Food Research & Action Center

Introduction and overview of Budget Resolution – a roadmap for the fiscal decisions that Congress makes for the year.

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Why Colorado Must Protect its Agriculture Workers

By Kasey Neiss, Fatuma Emmad & Nicole Civita

A report detailing how agricultural workers are, in many ways, a captive and deliberately invisibilized workforce, with lack of workplace rights afforded other workers. This report details the rights parity and basic wage protections advanced by SB21-087 are important not only for equalizing the legal treatment of agricultural workers vis-a-vis other wage-earners, but also for...

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PAPER | Strengthening Evaluation Literacy

By Tamarack Institute

Over time reframing evaluation in our work to be more participatory and collaborative leads to higher levels of learning, strengthened community relations and greater transparency. In this paper, Pamela Teitelbaum explores the language, concepts and basic understanding of evaluation approaches, and how they can help decision-makers discuss and identify the value of participatory and collaborative...

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ARTICLE | Asset-Based Community Recovery Framework

We find ourselves in a unique time, searching for answers to a problem whose scope is beyond anything we have ever encountered before. It is affecting our jobs, families, and communities. However, it is in communities that we will find the solutions to emerge stronger and more resilient than ever. As cities and communities start...

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TOOL | Community Engagement Planning Canvas

By Tamarack Institute

This planning canvas will help you work through the main considerations when planning to engage any segment of your community. Use this as a space to reflect, generate ideas, and refine your thinking. It can also serve as a holding place or reference file to summarize the key information for each of your engagement initiatives.

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PAPER | Collective Impact Post-Pandemic: A Framework for Response, Recovery and Resilience

By Tamarack Institute

Through the lens of Collective Impact, this paper examines three important stages for leaders to consider when navigating our world post-Pandemic: Respond, Recover and Deepening Resilience Capacity. Within these stages, what simple rules might we follow? How will these simple rules create a different future for ourselves so that we can transform our communities at...

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