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.


Tackling Summer Hunger: Ensuring No Kid Goes Hungry When School Is Out

By Share Our Strength

“Tackling Summer Hunger” provides details about the summer meals program and how Share Our Strength and its partners are successfully tackling summer hunger. The report provides background information on the issue of hungry kids during the summer months while highlighting Share Our Strength’s investments that increase access to food. Marketing and outreach techniques are highlighted...

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Florida Partnership to End Childhood Hunger – Ten Point Plan

By Share Our Strength / Food Research and Action Center / Florida Impact

The Florida Partnership’s Ten-Point Plan lays out a strategic road map for removing barriers to participation and increasing access to all the federal nutrition programs and the Earned Income Tax Credit. This model depicts an unparalleled opportunity to end childhood hunger and reduce food insecurity while generating an economic stimulus effect within communities. Each of...

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Going Local- Paths to Success for Farm to School Programs

By Center for Food & Justice / Community Food Security Coalition / National Farm to School Program

“Going Local” showcases innovative farm to school programs from around the country. Case studies highlight program operations and accomplishments as well as the barriers that have been faced and the tactics used to overcome these challenges. With case studies from California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Oregon, the publication provides a...

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Florida Impact Addressing Hunger in Florida by Increasing Participation in the Summer Food Service Program

By Florida Impact

This Florida Impact report provides a case study of addressing hunger in Florida by increasing participation in the Summer Food Service Program. The report shows how policy changes at the state and national level impacted participation rates in Florida. The report also gives examples of how tools like public service announcements and a searchable database...

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Strategic Initiatives & Committee Workplan For the Palm Beach County

By Palm Beach County Community Food Alliance

Strategic Initiatives & Committee Workplan For the Palm Beach County is a publication prepared for a county advisory meeting about food security. This brief publication outlines a strategy to improve food access and ease hunger issues in Palm Beach County, Florida. The  content  of  this  document  has  been  reviewed  by  the Palm  Beach  County  Community ...

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Hunger and Homelessness Survey

By The United States Conference of Mayors

This report presents the results of a survey of the 27 cities that comprise The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness. Respondents were asked to provide information on emergency food assistance and homeless services provided between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009. Cities included in the survey were: Boston-MA, Charleston-SC,...

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Childhood Anti-Hunger Programs in 24 Cities

By The United States Conference of Mayors

In 2009, The U.S. Conference of Mayors invited mayors to describe the programs or initiatives that have demonstrated effectiveness in combating childhood hunger in their cities – the best practices that could guide other mayors in selecting or developing approaches to lowering a level of childhood hunger. This report illustrates the wide variety of approaches...

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