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.


Let’s Move! – Mayors & Local Officials 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. This resource details five simple steps mayors and local officials can take to improve child nutrition. These steps include becoming a Let’s Move! city or town, helping parents make healthy family choices, improving...

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The Fighting Poverty with Faith Food Stamp Challenge Action Toolkit

By Fighting Poverty with Faith

The Food Stamp Challenge is a week long event where leaders and community members live on the average food stamp allotment. The toolkit is a great way of mobilizing your community to better understand how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) works on a personal level while highlighting the continued need for feeding programs. The...

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What Can Elected Officials Do to End Childhood Hunger?

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

This guide provides ideas to elected officials on ways they can work toward ending childhood hunger in their communities. Seven ideas are highlighted including making a commitment to end childhood hunger, developing a state plan and other ideas specific to elected officials. The guide could also be useful to local coalitions for ideas for partnership...

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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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Advocacy Toolkit

By WhyHunger

The “Advocacy Toolkit” is a toolkit for individuals and organizations looking to begin engaging in advocacy. The toolkit begins with a section that guides readers through a checklist on how to choose an issue for which to advocate. The second section presents an advocacy strategy chart from the Midwest Academy, which guides readers through goals,...

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