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.


Race to Lead Revisited: Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

By Building Movement Project

BMP has been exploring the nonprofit racial leadership gap since 2016. Our newest report explores how the whiteness of organizations impacts the experiences of nonprofit workers and the uncertainty about the impacts of DEI efforts in the nonprofit sector. Learn more about this report and our regional briefs here.

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On The Frontlines: Nonprofits Led by People of Color Confront COVID-19 and Structural Racism

By Building Movement Project

This report examines how nonprofit leaders of color are grappling with the effects of COVID-19 on their communities, organizations, and themselves.

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Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation 2020 Afterschool Nutrition Report

By FRAC

The Afterschool Nutrition Programs, in normal times, provide funding to serve suppers and snacks to children alongside educational and enrichment programming, helping to reduce childhood hunger in low-income communities and support the establishment and sustainability of afterschool programs. While funding for afterschool suppers has only been available nationwide for 10 years, steady progress has been...

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Not Enough to Eat: COVID-19 Deepens America’s Hunger Crisis

By FRAC

Prior to COVID-19, even in the midst of a strong economy with a record streak of job growth and low unemployment rates, in 2018 nearly 8 million (4 percent) American adults reported that members of their households sometimes or often did not have enough to eat. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household...

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The Right to Food: Building Upon “Food Is Medicine”

By American Journal of Preventative Medicine

Despite progress being made in integrating provision of food into healthcare services, there are on the ground limitations of “food is medicine” interventions that need to be acknowledged as barriers to creating lasting change. Goals must now expand beyond remediating the physiologic impacts of a poor diet and reducing associated healthcare costs and evolve toward...

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Millions of Adults Ages 50 and Older Rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

By AARP Public Policy Institute

This Fact Sheet describes selected characteristics of SNAP households that include adults ages 50 and older and the minimum and maximum benefits that these households receive. State-level data are included in the appendices.

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Hunger Free Community Coalition Rapid-Response Assessment and Action Tool

By Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, Texas Hunger Initiative

This tool provides guidance to coalitions on how to quickly asses the resources and needs of your community during a crisis, allowing you to more effectively identify where your coalition can be most impactful in moving to action. It will walk you through a simple process of identifying needs and resources, creating an action plan...

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Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report 2020

By FRAC

The Summer Nutrition Programs, in normal times, provide funding to sponsors, such as schools, local government agencies, and private nonprofit organizations, to offer healthy meals at sites that typically provide educational, enrichment, physical, and recreational activities. This combination helps combat summertime food insecurity, weight gain, and learning loss among children, all of which increase during...

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Asset-Based Community Recovery Framework

By Jonathan Massimi, City of Kitchener and Heather Keam, Tamarack Institute

This is an asset-based renewal framework that draws upon what has been disrupted in our communities, what has emerged and what has been revealed by recognizing gifts, fostering connections, and telling stories. This framework is different because it is a bottom-up approach. It allows individuals, associations, organizations/non-profits, businesses, and municipalities to think about role people...

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Asset Based Community Development – A Booklet For Residents

By Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

This short practical guide offers many fun and useful tips on how you and your neighbours can build community together, in a way that starts with a focus on what’s strong, not what’s wrong. The ideas contained here have been tried and tested by residents in many Norwegian communities and in neighbourhoods, towns and villages...

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