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.


Healthy Food Healthy Communities

By New Mexico Farmers Market

This publication is written in both English and Spanish and provides informational recipes specific to the various fruits and vegetables that can be found in New Mexico.  The publication is aimed at informing the public of the nutritional benefits of buying local produce.   In addition, this document contains information regarding nutritional assistance programs helpful farmers...

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Child and Adult Care Food Program: Aligning Dietary Guidance for All

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Child and Adult Care Food Program: Aligning Dietary Guidance for All assesses the nutritional needs of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) population based on Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Dietary Reference Intakes and makes recommendations for revisions to the CACFP meal requirements. The book outlines meal requirements that include food specifications that could be...

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Nutrition Education Research Brief: Message Framing, Use of Interactive Technology to Tailor Messages, and Intervention Intensity

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Nutrition Education Research Brief: Message Framing, Use of Interactive Technology to Tailor Messages, and Intervention Intensity is intended to assist nutrition educators in maximizing the impact of nutrition research. The brief highlights key findings from research reviews on three topics that are pertinent to the design and implementation of nutrition education programs: Message framing, use...

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Early Childhood Policy Focus: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

By Child Trends

Early Childhood Policy Focus: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity is a resource addressing the issues of nutrition, exercise, and obesity among young children. Research also identifies some effective strategies and programs that improve nutrition and exercise outcomes for young children. This brief summarizes recent research on the development of healthy eating and physical fitness habits...

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Let’s Move Cities and Towns — Toolkit for Local Officials

By Let's Move!

Let’s Move Cities and Towns — Toolkit for Local Officials is designed to help local officials in launching their own Let’s Move! campaign in their city, town or county. There are a variety of activities and resources provided in this toolkit. The Let’s Move! initiative invites you to explore the menu of options and decide...

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Planning a WIC Research Agenda

By Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

Planning a WIC Research Agenda is summary of the presentations given at the Health Impacts of WIC—Planning a Research Agenda workshop held by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine on July 20-21, 2010. Individual workshop titles include: WIC and Birth Outcomes; WIC and Obesity; Research Needed to Improve Breastfeeding Protection, Promotion, and...

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Chefs Move to Schools

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Chefs Move to Schools provides a list of ways chefs can team up with a school to improve the health of students and enhance the school culture. Opportunities include enhancing and promoting school meals, leading cooking and education efforts, assisting and training school food service personnel, and participating in communications and chef networks.

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Let’s Move! – Community Leaders 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. Neighborhood organizations and faith-based groups are well positioned to initiate and coordinate activities to encourage healthy living and well-being. This resource details five simple steps community leaders can take to improve child nutrition. They include helping...

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