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.


Nourishing the Nation One Tray at a Time: Farm to School Initiatives in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization

By National Farm to School Network / Community Food Security Coalition / School Food Focus

Nourishing the Nation One Tray at a Time: Farm to School Initiatives in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization is a policy platform for expansion of farm to school initiatives supported on a federal level. The resource gives a brief history of farm to school initiatives within the context of previous Child Nutrition Acts and outlines the...

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USDA Farm to School Team – 2010 Summary Report

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) formed a Farm to School Team, comprised of staff from both the Food and Nutrition Service and Agricultural Marketing Service, to gain a greater understanding of the variables that affect farm to school; determine what needs exist for the school districts and farmers to begin, progress, or...

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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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Going Local- Paths to Success for Farm to School Programs

By Center for Food & Justice / Community Food Security Coalition / National Farm to School Program

“Going Local” showcases innovative farm to school programs from around the country. Case studies highlight program operations and accomplishments as well as the barriers that have been faced and the tactics used to overcome these challenges. With case studies from California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Oregon, the publication provides a...

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Feeding Our Future: A Farm to School Program Guide

By WhyHunger

“Feeding Our Future: A Farm to School Program Guide” is a toolkit for practitioners who are interested in implementing Farm to School programs in their local communities. Highlighted in this guide are four groups with diverse approaches who are using the innovative model of Farm to School to improve children’s health and help bring business...

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