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.


Congressional Visit Toolkit

By National Recreation and Park Association

Inviting members of Congress to visit a child nutrition program in their state or district is a powerful way to engage elected officials and demonstrate the impact and value of parks and recreation. By witnessing the programs firsthand, members of Congress can see the vital importance of these investments in their communities.   The resources...

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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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Community Food Security: Promoting Food Security and Building Healthy Food System

By Community Food Security Coalition

Community Food Security: Promoting Food Security and Building Healthy Food System provides a brief overview of community food security and the community food security movement. Topics covered in this resource include: What is Community Food Security?; Philosophical and Social Perspectives on Community Food Security; Community Food Security in Action; Conclusion and Opportunities for Growing the...

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What Can Volunteers and Civic Groups Do to End Childhood Hunger?

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

This guide provides ideas to volunteers and civic groups on ways they can work toward ending childhood hunger in their communities. Six ideas are highlighted including increasing accessibility to farmers’ markets and other ideas specific to volunteers and civic groups.

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What Can the General Public Do to End Childhood Hunger?

By Feeding America

This guide provides ideas to the general public on ways they can work toward ending childhood hunger in their communities. Four ideas are highlighted including organizing a food drive, donating money to anti-hunger causes and other ideas for the general public to become involved in ending childhood hunger.

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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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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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Academic Year Program Manual

By The Food Project

“Academic Year Program Manual” describes the Academic Year Program in great detail and provides guidance and motivation to leaders who wishes to organize similar programs. The Academic Year Program connects young people to their food and their communities through working on the land, growing vegetables, speaking to others about their experience, leading volunteers, etc. The...

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Whole Measures for Community Food Systems: Values-Based Planning and Evaluation

By Community Food Security Coalition

“Whole Measures for Community Food Systems” is designed to give organizations and communities a collaborative process for defining and expressing their complex stories and the multiple outcomes that emerge from their work. This document is a values-based, community-oriented tool for evaluation, planning, and dialogue geared toward organizational and community change.  The toolkit encourages organizations to...

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