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 Supported Agriculture (CSA) in and around California’s Central Valley: Farm and Farmer Characteristics, Farm-Member Relationships, Economic Viability, Information Sources, and Emerging Issues

By Agricultural Sustainability Institute - University of California, Davis

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in and around California’s Central Valley: Farm and Farmer Characteristics, Farm-Member Relationships, Economic Viability, Information Sources, and Emerging Issues explores and documents the characteristics of, and innovations in, CSA production and marketing. This report is divided into seven parts. The first explores the recent expansion of CSAs. The second explains the study....

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Workplace Community Supported Agriculture: Connecting Local Farms to Local Employers

By Center for Environmental Farming Systems

Workplace Community Supported Agriculture: Connecting Local Farms to Local Employers describes community supported agriculture (CSA), widely recognized as an effective way to build direct connections between small- and medium-sized farmers and local consumers. This guide explains the benefits and difficulties of running a CSA program and provides examples from a pilot program. This guide explains how...

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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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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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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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