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.


Public Charities Can Lobby

By Bolder Advocacy

Much advocacy work, including efforts to influence executive branch actions, does not constitute lobbying. Yet, contrary to popular misconception, 501(c)(3) public charities—including houses of worship and public foundations—can lobby under federal law. In fact, the Internal Revenue Service has stated that public charities “may lobby freely” so long as lobbying is within generous specified limits....

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#SocialCongress 2015

By Congressional Management Foundation

…the primary purpose of this research is to provide some practical insight into how congressional offices and citizens can use social media to build stronger relationships, a welcome secondary outcome might be to chip a few bricks from the wall of cynicism that separates people from politicians. To quote Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a...

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Advocacy Tool Kit – Capital Region BOCES

By Capital Region BOCES Communications Service

This toolkit gives clear instructions on how to engage effectively with legislators. Various methods are discussed including developing “laser talks,” media engagement and community organizing. Although geared toward advocating for educational programs, these tools can be used across the board.

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Face-to-Face with Congress: Before, During, and After Meetings with Legislators

By Congressional Management Foundation

The purpose of this report is to provide research-based guidance for scheduling, conducting, and following up after office meetings with Members of Congress and staff. To develop this advice, CMF used information collected through its long history working with congressional offices and data from surveys conducted with congressional staffers, primarily from the House of Representatives,...

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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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Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences presents the findings of a study on food deserts and a set of commissioned research studies. It also includes reviews of existing literature, a national-level assessment of access to supermarkets and large grocery stores, analysis of the economic and public health...

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Hunger Free Communities – A Toolkit for Congressional Staff

By Alliance to End Hunger

“Hunger Free Communities – A Toolkit for Congressional Staff” provides guidance and strategies, in step-by-step format, for Congressional staff in beginning Hunger-Free Communities work.  The toolkit assists in moving towards the 14-point framework compiled by the House Select Committee on Hunger, chaired by Rep. Tony Hall (D-OH) and endorsed by Congress in 1992, a “sense...

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