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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Maine Nutrition Network Strategic Plan 2007-2011

By Maine Nutrition Network

Maine Nutrition Network Strategic Plan 2007-2011 details the plans that The Maine Nutrition Network has in the works for their future. An excellent example of a strategic plan, this publication details the vision and mission of the The Maine Nutrition Network, their goals, their objectives (with special emphasis on Child Nutrition, Community, Healthy Aging, and...

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WHY’s Top 10 Ways to Create Empowerment and Self-Reliance

By World Hunger Year

WHY’s Top 10 Ways to Create Empowerment and Self-Reliance is a brief list of steps to help struggling people move toward independence. This guide recommends using government resources, taking nutrition and language classes, involvement in advocacy, job training, youth development, and several other tips. This list was prepared for businesses and other organizations that serve underprivileged...

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FoodWorks: A Vision to Improve NYC’s Food System

By New York City Council

FoodWorks: A Vision to Improve NYC’s Food System is comprehensive plan that sets a bold vision for a more sustainable food system for New York City. FoodWorks provides a blueprint for addressing issues at every phase of the food system – from agricultural production, processing, distribution, consumption and post-consumption. The proposals include new legislation, funding...

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Growing Leaders, Growing Change: Youth and Urban Agriculture

By World Hunger Year / World Hunger Year's Grassroots Action Network

Growing Leaders, Growing Change: Youth and Urban Agriculture provides a detailed, in-depth look at some of World Hunger Year’s Grassroots Action Network’s Model Programs, Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award Winners, and United States Department of Agriculture Community Food Project Grantees who are taking their programs to the next level by offering innovative urban gardening programs for...

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Serving Up Justice: How to Design an Emergency Feeding Program and Build Community Food Security

By World Hunger Year

Serving Up Justice: How to Design an Emergency Feeding Program and Build Community Food Security serves as a manual and resource tool to establish emergency food distribution programs. It can also be used to improve or expand existing programs. The first half outlines the logistics of designing and managing an emergency food program. The second discusses the...

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The Case for State Food Action Plans

By Center for American Progress

The Case for State Food Actions Plans describes State Food Action Plans (FAP) and how they function to reduce hunger at the state and community level. The guide describes how a wide variety of effective anti-hunger and food-security practices can be implemented through FAPs. The resource outlines FAP items such as maximizing the use of...

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Mapping an End to Hunger in Greater Des Moines

By Des Moines Area Religious Council

This document provides a summary of Mapping an End to Hunger in Greater Des Moines. The work plan update highlights primary objectives of the project and research associated with the project. Nutrition education and outreach, SNAP outreach and enrollment, the Greater Des Moines Food Research and Action Council, and project partners are also addressed. This...

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Ending Childhood Hunger in the Nation’s Capital – A Plan to Ensure that Every District of Columbia Child Has Access to Nutritious Food by 2016

By Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in the Nation's Capital

This ten-step guide is a blueprint for accomplishing the goal of ending childhood hunger in the nation’s capital. It addresses connecting children to federal food and nutrition programs, increasing access to healthy food, providing better information for parents and children, and improving economic supports so families can afford good food. Each of the ten goals...

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Florida Partnership to End Childhood Hunger – Ten Point Plan

By Share Our Strength / Food Research and Action Center / Florida Impact

The Florida Partnership’s Ten-Point Plan lays out a strategic road map for removing barriers to participation and increasing access to all the federal nutrition programs and the Earned Income Tax Credit. This model depicts an unparalleled opportunity to end childhood hunger and reduce food insecurity while generating an economic stimulus effect within communities. Each of...

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