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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Take Action: SNAP Challenge Toolkit 2020

By FRAC

The SNAP Challenge (“Challenge”) gives participants a view of the struggle to obtain adequate food that is faced by millions of low-income Americans. By living on the average SNAP benefit, Challenge participants find themselves forced to make food shopping choices on a limited budget, and learn how difficult it is to avoid hunger, afford nutritious...

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2019 Hunger Innovation Report

By No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength

Today, one out of every seven kids lives in a home impacted by hunger. Despite a myriad of federal nutrition programs and an army of dedicated organizations and individuals working to minimize its impact, hunger persists. Innovative efforts to tackle childhood hunger—including Summer EBT pilots and breakfast in the classroom programs—have been successful at connecting...

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The Water of Systems Change

By John Kania, Mark Kramer, Peter Senge

Foundations involved in systems change can increase their odds for success by focusing on the least explicit but most powerful conditions for change, while also turning the lens on themselves. The Water of Systems Change aims to clarify what it means to shift these conditions. We offer the “inverted triangle” framework as an actionable model...

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Initiatives to Make SNAP Benefits More Adequate Significantly Improve Food Security, Nutrition, and Health

By Food Research & Action Center

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly “food stamps”) is the largest nutrition assistance program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP serves as the first line of the nation’s public policy defense against hunger and undernutrition as well as an effective anti-poverty initiative. SNAP has a critical role, not just in reducing...

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Community Garden Best Practices Toolkit

By Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador

This is a guide for communities who would like to start a community garden project. It was written specifically for Newfoundland and Labrador, but most of the information provided would be useful to a wide variety of communities.

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Hidden Food Stress: Underreported in National Data

By Children's HealthWatch

Many families across the country experience stress over whether or not they will have enough resources to feed their families, or “hidden food stress” (technically known as “marginal food security”).

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Report Card on Food Security and Immigration

By Children's HealthWatch

Our research highlights the disparities immigrant families with young citizen children experience in their ability to afford enough food, and describes the severity of that deprivation. As severity of food insecurity increases, risks of poor health outcomes also increase.11 This research also explores how the length of time mothers have lived in the U.S. is...

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From Disparities to Discrimination: Getting at the Roots of Food Security in America

By Children's HealthWatch

Racial and ethnic disparities in food insecurity persist in the United States. In this report, we highlight the emerging research from our Philadelphia site that documents differences in food insecurity in relation to experiences with racial and ethnic discrimination on the street, in healthcare, school and work, with the police, and in other settings. We...

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