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.


3 facts you should know about military hunger

By Feeding America

For many active-duty military members, hunger is a reality. As many as 125,000 active-duty service members and their families experience food insecurity in the United States. Service members often experience unique challenges that make them more likely to face hunger: Limited income, high cost-of-living, and financial commitments. We’re proud that Feeding America network food banks...

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Priorities for Closing SNAP Gaps and Addressing Looming Hunger Cliff

By Food Research & Action Center

New guidance from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) urges state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) agencies to leverage federal SNAP reimbursement funds for SNAP outreach that prioritizes work to help participants transition to regular intake rules after the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) COVID Public Health Emergency Declaration...

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A New York City pantry provides shelter and food for the LGBTQ community

By Feeding America

About 101,000 young people do not have stable housing in New York City, and 44% of them identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Streetwork Project, which is part of Safe Horizon and the Food Bank for New York City, seeks to meet the needs of homeless youth. This includes help with medical care,...

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New Research Shows SNAP Reduces Hospital and ER Visits, Lowers Medicaid Costs by $2,360 per Person Annually

By Benefits Data Trust (BDT)

Higher enrollment by older adults in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is associated with fewer hospital and long-term care admissions as well as emergency room visits – and an estimated Medicaid cost-savings of $2,360 per person annually, according to newly published research findings. The research also found that data-driven outreach and assistance in applying...

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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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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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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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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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