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.


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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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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The Disaster Relief Playbook for Shared and Commercial Kitchens

By O'Side Kitchen Collaborative

A step-by-step playbook any commercial kitchen can use to activate underutilized space as a food distribution operation during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

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Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics

By Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

The U.S. food system has created and been shaped by racial injustices since its inception. The ways in which racial injustice is made manifest through our food system are sometimes quite clear and other times murky at best. Data is a powerful tool that can either illuminate or obstruct the reality of injustice. Disaggregating data...

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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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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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Guide to Better Youth Engagement

By Alliance to End Hunger

This guide for better youth engagement includes the benefits of engaging youth as well as tips and resources.

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Developing an Afterschool Meals Outreach Plan

By Food Research & Action Center

Increasing participation in the Afterschool Meal Program requires proactive planning and partnership. Developing a strong and cohesive outreach plan is an important way to increase participation, and the summer months are the perfect time to recruit afterschool sites, ensure existing sites will be returning, engage new partners, and increase awareness. Detailed below are things to...

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10: Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience

By Tamarack Institute

Multi-sectoral collaboration between governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, and people with lived/living experience of poverty has been recognized as a core principle of effective poverty-reduction work since the establishment of Vibrant Communities in 2002. This guide seeks to further support the inclusion of these diverse voices as an integral part of reducing and eliminating poverty.

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Building Strong School Nutrition Programs: A Guide for Charter Schools

By Food Research & Action Center

This guide provides steps to start and strengthen the School Nutrition Programs in charter schools. The guide recognizes the common challenges charter schools may face while operating these programs and the best practices to overcome them so that charter schools can maximize access to school meals through provisions, like community eligibility and breakfast after the...

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