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.


#SocialCongress 2015

By Congressional Management Foundation

…the primary purpose of this research is to provide some practical insight into how congressional offices and citizens can use social media to build stronger relationships, a welcome secondary outcome might be to chip a few bricks from the wall of cynicism that separates people from politicians. To quote Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a...

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Advocacy Tool Kit – Capital Region BOCES

By Capital Region BOCES Communications Service

This toolkit gives clear instructions on how to engage effectively with legislators. Various methods are discussed including developing “laser talks,” media engagement and community organizing. Although geared toward advocating for educational programs, these tools can be used across the board.

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Communicating with Congress: Perceptions of Citizen Advocacy on Capitol Hill

By Congressional Management Foundation

This report discusses how advocacy strategies influence lawmakers’ decisions, the impact of the Internet on the Congress and public policy, and how Congress views and uses social media. It is based on a survey of congressional staff and was published by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), a nonpartisan nonprofit that works to improve congressional operations...

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Hunger Free Communities: A Toolkit for the Community Coalition

By The Alliance to End Hunger

This toolkit has three main sections—Coalition Building, Planning, and Implementation—to help guide your HFC through the various stages of development. Successful HFCs include not only “movers and shakers,” but concerned citizens, volunteers, and program clients and participants. Working together creates an opportunity for discussion and strategy development to address community hunger in a comprehensive, coordinated...

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WHY’s Top 10 Ways to Create Empowerment and Self-Reliance

By World Hunger Year

WHY’s Top 10 Ways to Create Empowerment and Self-Reliance is a brief list of steps to help struggling people move toward independence. This guide recommends using government resources, taking nutrition and language classes, involvement in advocacy, job training, youth development, and several other tips. This list was prepared for businesses and other organizations that serve underprivileged...

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Childhood Hunger: A Time to Act

By Bread for the World Institute

Childhood Hunger: A Time to Act summarizes the growing problem of child hunger in United States, particularly at schools. This article looks at the needs of children, the various federally provided nutrition programs, and how to improve access to said nutrition programs. This brief article addresses the effects and federal treatments of hunger, while emphasizing...

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Nourishing the Nation One Tray at a Time: Farm to School Initiatives in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization

By National Farm to School Network / Community Food Security Coalition / School Food Focus

Nourishing the Nation One Tray at a Time: Farm to School Initiatives in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization is a policy platform for expansion of farm to school initiatives supported on a federal level. The resource gives a brief history of farm to school initiatives within the context of previous Child Nutrition Acts and outlines the...

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Cost of Domestic Hunger – Estimated Annual Burden to the United States

By Sodexo Foundation

“Economic Cost of Domestic Hunger” shows that hunger has a cost far beyond human suffering. As this research outlines, the monetary cost to our country is more than $90 billion, far more than it would take to ensure that no citizen is at risk of hunger. The goal of this study is to help the...

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Building Bread for the World Teams

By Bread for the World

The “Building Bread Teams” presentation provides an activist a tool that can be used to promote the idea of a Bread for the World advocacy team in his or her area. The Bread Team idea provides a model for organizing advocacy efforts at the grassroots level. The resource moves from an explanation of the team...

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Mobilizing Teams

By Bread for the World

The “Mobilizing Teams” presentation provides information on mobilizing advocacy teams. Bread for the World’s vision for local advocacy teams is to create communities of activists who promote Bread’s legislative agenda through advocacy and outreach. This resource is useful for individuals or groups who want to move from a vision of a team towards action. Topics...

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