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.


Comience Una Granja En La Ciudad / Start a Farm in the City

By NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project

Comience Una Granja En La Ciudad relata los beneficios del desarrollo de huertas urbanas, las precauciones e información practica que se debe obtener al momento de iniciarlas. Además, incluye valiosos recursos relacionados a agricultura urbana en español, tanto como organizaciones que le ofrece apoyos para empezar, ayuda técnica en como crecer algunos cultivos específicos, y...

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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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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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Community Supported Agriculture for the Workplace – A Guide for Developing Workplace Community Supported Agriculture Distributions

By Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture

This manual is a helpful guide for organizations that are interested in developing and implementing a Workplace CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The goal of the Workplace CSA program highlighted in this resource is to build and strengthen direct marketing opportunities for farmers in the three counties served in western Massachusetts. Workplace CSAs represent a partnership...

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Urban Grower’s Manual

By The Food Project

“Urban Grower’s Manual” is a guide to urban agriculture. It depicts how to work with and inspire diverse groups of people who contribute their time and effort to urban lots. It also explains how to plan for, plant, harvest and distribute produce from a city-size farm. The manual is divided into five sections, which break...

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Rural Grower’s Manual

By The Food Project

“Rural Grower’s Manual” exists to assist the rural grower in managing the farm effectively while engaging the youth and volunteers in productive farm work. The first section, “Food Project Agriculture,” describes the practices that reflect the proper stewardship to the land. The second section, “Working with People and The Land,” describes the systems that integrate...

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Volunteer Program Manual

By The Food Project

The “Volunteer Program Manual” is designed to help volunteer coordinators utilize volunteers effectively on a farm or community garden. This manual provides a thorough example of how one organization has incorporated volunteers into the work in the field. The model is broken down into recruiting volunteers, operations, motivation techniques, follow-up and evaluation. A list of...

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Reaching Out: Community Supported Agriculture in New York State

By Hunger Action Network of New York State

“Reaching Out” provides a comprehensive overview of Community Sustained Agriculture (CSA) programs in New York State. Other topics included are CSA farmers’ views and experience on working with low-income communities, common barriers to including low-income members in CSA programs, and solutions to these barriers. Four case studies of CSA programs are also included along with...

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Community Supported Agriculture in New York State

By Hunger Action Network of New York State

This resource provides profiles that explore how New York’s farmers are providing low-income families with healthy, fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables. It provides some background information on community supported agriculture (CSA) along with how CSA helps the community. The resource provides models and best practices for CSA by highlighting different farms in New York...

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Grow, Cook, Teach! A Resource Guide for Farm to School Activities

By Massachusetts Farm to School Project

“Grow, Cook Teach!” contains basic information about many programs and organizations that are defining and expanding the farm to school concept. Whether you are interested in learning about funding sources for school gardens, after-school cooking classes showcasing local produce, or ways to teach students about what’s growing on the farm, you’ll find useful references here.

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