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.


Ending Hunger Before it Begins: Oregon’s Call to Action

By Oregon Hunger Task Force and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon

This resources lays out Oregons goals to end hunger by 2015. This “call to action” guide encourages Oregonians to learn and address the root causes of why people are hungry and from there get involved in their communities. It gives insight to the importance of food assistance programs, but also why ensuring  economic stability is crucial in order...

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Oregon Business Hunger Initiative

By Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

“Oregon Business Hunger Initiative” highlights the need to work together to end hunger through engaging the business community and strengthening the work force in Oregon. The resource incentivizes business involvement in hunger through making the point that hunger is a business issue. Hunger contributes to the shortage of skilled labor, and it is prevalent in...

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Understanding the Client Experience: The “Secret Shopper” Approach

By Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon / National Council on Aging

“Understanding the Client Experience” is a case study conducted in Oregon which seeks to better understand and reduce the barriers to participation in SNAP. Through the “secret shopper” approach, barriers to program participation were identified and SNAP enrollment was improved. The case study provides a model for finding out how information is conveyed at the...

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2010 Addressing Hunger – Federal Nutrition Programs

By Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

“2010 Addressing Hunger” documents the use of federally funded nutrition programs in Oregon counties, and the federal dollars that go untapped when all who are eligible do not receive assistance. In addition, the resource provides background information on the Federal Nutrition Programs.

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Setting the Table to Address Family Hunger

By Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

“Setting the Table to Address Family Hunger” gives a summary of the caregiver meals pilot project, which provides free meals to adults accompanying children at summer feeding sites. The project makes the argument that providing free caregiver meals in conjunction with summer feeding programs is a benefit to the children, the families and program sponsors....

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SNAP Outreach for Seniors and People with Disabilities

By Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

“SNAP Outreach for Seniors and People with Disabilities” provides background information on how meal sites that serve to seniors, disabled or homeless populations may be eligible to become USDA authorized SNAP vendors. The resource also touches on the three methods through which a site can accept EBT cards. Information regarding how a site may go...

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A Summer Food Guide: The step-by-step guide to running the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program in Oregon

By Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

“A Summer Food Guide” is a comprehensive “how to” guide for an individual or a group who is interested in running a Summer Food Service Program in Oregon. It provides some background information on hunger in Oregon and Summer Food in general before addressing in step-by-step detail the process of starting a summer food site....

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Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force – Senior Citizen Focus Groups Summary of Findings

By Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

The “Senior Citizen Focus Groups – Summary of Findings” summarizes feedback received from senior citizens. The responses provide insight regarding barriers to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation and recommendations for outreach in Oregon. Some of the barriers to participation include issues like lack of information, stigma, office issues, and home-bound issues. This resource is...

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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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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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