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.


Community Food Security Coalition Recommendations for Food Systems Policy in Seattle

By Community Food Security Coalition

This report, Community Food Security Coalition Recommendations for Food Systems Policy in Seattle, is presented to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods by the Community Food Security Coalition. These recommendations for next steps on food systems policy take into account national examples and reflect local knowledge of efforts already underway. These next steps can include job creation,...

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Building the Bridge: Linking Food Banking and Community Food Security

By World Hunger Year / Community Food Security Coalition

Building the Bridge: Linking Food Banking and Community Food Security aims to foster greater understanding among food banks of the community food security approach and a greater understanding among the community food security movement of numerous food banks’ efforts to help build a just food system. This document surveys the linkages between food banking and community...

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Food Safety and Liability Insurance: Emerging Issues for Farmers and Institutions

By Community Food Security Coalition

Food Safety and Liability Insurance: Emerging Issues for Farmers and Institutions is a report addressing critical concerns about food safety, quality control, funding and liability insurance, particularly for institutions looking to buy produce and the small-scale farmers trying to sell. It provides the history of these issues and details challenges for small or limited resource producers. This...

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The Activities and Impacts of Community Food Projects 2005-2009

By Community Food Security Coalition / U.S. Department of Agriculture / National Research Institute

The Activities and Impacts of Community Food Projects 2005-2009 provides an extensive overview of the activities and impacts of Community Food Projects which received funding from the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program from 2005-2009. Community Food Projects support community food security including the management of Community Gardens, Youth/School Gardening or Agriculture projects, Promoting Local Food...

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Real Food, Real Choice: Connecting SNAP Recipient with Farmers Markets

By Community Food Security Coalition / Farmers Market Coalition

Real Food, Real Choice: Connecting SNAP Recipient with Farmers Markets is an in-depth study of the use of SNAP benefits at farmers markets. The report examines the issue from a variety of perspectives, including the capacity of farmers markets to operate programs to accept EBT (electronic benefits transfer) cards; the types of programs that markets...

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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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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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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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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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