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.


Rise Up! Organizing in Emergency Food Programs

By WhyHunger

This guide was created to motivate you to take action. Set up voter registration; support a food justice or economic justice campaign; join a coalition or network; start an organizing campaign to address your community needs. Act now. Act together.

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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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Coalition-Building Primer

By The Support Center

A coalition is an organization of diverse interest groups that join their human and material resources to produce a specific change that they are unable to deliver as independent individuals or separate organizations. A coalition is the foundation of your efforts and can help you on several fronts, including a core program need to amass...

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Hunger Free Communities: Best Practices for Collective Impact

By Indiana University

This report details the collective impact strategies of Hunger Free Communities (HFCs) to end hunger in their communities.  It is written for groups seeking to engage collective impact strategies for collaborative anti-hunger work. Though not formally organized as collective impact networks, HFCs are coalitions that have adopted some of the tenets of collective impact.  Because...

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Steps for a Hunger-Free Community

By The Alliance to End Hunger

These actions steps were compiled by the House Select Committee on Hunger, chaired by Rep. Tony Hall (D-OH).  In 1992, a “sense of the Congress” resolution was passed endorsing these steps and encouraging communities to solve the hunger and malnutrition problems of their residents.  In 2008, Congress appropriated $5 million in grants to support communities...

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Let’s Move! – Community Leaders Take Action

By Let's Move!

Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative focuses broadly on childhood obesity. Access to healthy and affordable food is one of its key components. Neighborhood organizations and faith-based groups are well positioned to initiate and coordinate activities to encourage healthy living and well-being. This resource details five simple steps community leaders can take to improve child nutrition. They include helping...

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Coalition Building I: Starting a Coalition

By The Community Toolbox

“Coalition Building I: Starting a Coalition” guides users through the essential elements of building a community coalition. The guide asks important questions that should be answered during the process of building a coalition and provides examples of what some of the solutions could be in different scenarios. Main topics covered in this online tool include:...

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Coalition Building II: Maintaining a Coalition

“Coalition Building II: Maintaining a Coalition” guides users through the essential elements of maintaining a coalition. The guide asks important questions that should be answered in the course of maintaining a coalition and provides examples of what some of the solutions could be in different scenarios. Main topics covered in this online tool include: (1)...

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Community How To Guide On Coalition Building

By National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

“Community How To Guide On Coalition Building” outlines the various steps that bring together a diverse group of people in pursuit of a common goal. Though the guide focuses on coalitions that seek to reduce underage drinking in their communities, the guide presents information that is useful for any coalition goal. This tool also provides sample checklists and newsletters for implementation....

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Putting Healthy Food Within Reach

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

“Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Putting Healthy Food Within Reach: Community Partner Outreach Toolkit,” produced by USDA Food and Nutrition Service, is a comprehensive guide for community organizations looking either to begin or enhance SNAP outreach. This toolkit includes information on: SNAP, maximizing your outreach efforts through developing partnerships, coordinating local events and working with your...

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