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.


Real Food, Real Choice: Connecting SNAP Recipient with Farmers Markets

By Community Food Security Coalition / Farmers Market Coalition

Real Food, Real Choice: Connecting SNAP Recipient with Farmers Markets is an in-depth study of the use of SNAP benefits at farmers markets. The report examines the issue from a variety of perspectives, including the capacity of farmers markets to operate programs to accept EBT (electronic benefits transfer) cards; the types of programs that markets...

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Terminals, Tokens, and Time, Oh My! Farmers Market SNAP Success: What Does It Take?

By Farmers Market Coalition

Terminals, Tokens, and Time, Oh My! – Farmers Market SNAP Success: What Does it Take presents a summary of research, recommendations, and a roadmap for expanding and sustaining SNAP in farmers markets. In addition to providing data on recent trends on SNAP use at farmers markets, the presentation highlights 15 profiles of states that have...

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Are Farmers Markets a SNAP?

By Iowa Department of Human Services

Are Farmers Markets a SNAP is a powerpoint presentation describing how SNAP works in conjunction with farmers markets in Iowa. It also includes a general information that is applicable to anyone interested in how SNAP benefits can work at farmers markets. The resource outlines the Iowa model for EBT and then shifts the focus to...

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at Farmers Markets: A How-To Handbook

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at Farmers Markets: A How-To Handbook is a how-to guide for accepting SNAP benefits at farmers markets. Topics include why to accept SNAP benefits, how to install EBT systems at farmers markets, how to use scrip projects to accept SNAP benefits at farmers markets, how to become an FNS SNAP...

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Farmers’ Market – Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

Farmers’ Market – Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is powerpoint presentation outlining how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can be used in conjunction with farmers markets. It includes information like how markets can accept SNAP, the state’s role in farmers market participation, and market “to do’s.” This resource provides a broad view of...

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Fast Facts for Grocers Flyer

By Hunger Free Vermont

This flyer is designed to promote Vermont’s SNAP Program, 3SquarsVT, to grocers. It highlights the fact that becoming an authorized 3SquaresVT retailer will increase the grocer’s sales while providing an important service to costumers and the community. The resource provides background information on the program as well as a guide for stores to become an...

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Changes in the WIC Food Packages: A Toolkit for Partnering with Neighborhood Stores

By Public Health Law & Policy / California WIC Association

This toolkit provides a range of tools and strategies for advocates to identify and work with prospective WIC vendors, and it helps these retailers upgrade their offerings in accordance with the new, healthier WIC food packages. This toolkit includes three handouts that advocates are encouraged to share with corner store owners including how to become...

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SNAP Retailer Locator

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

The SNAP Retailer Locator is a user-friendly web based application that provides easy access to the location of the nearest SNAP approved stores. Enter any full address, city and state, or zip code and get a list of the 10, 25, or 50 closest SNAP retailers plotted on a map. Primarily designed to help SNAP...

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