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.


Feed a Neighbor Initiative – Anti-Hunger Volunteer Toolkit

By Corporation for National & Community Service / U.S. Department of Agriculture

The “Anti-Hunger Volunteer Toolkit” provides a way for Americans to help combat hunger through service. “United We Serve: Feed a Neighbor Initiative” raises public awareness of hunger issues and asks Americans to help ensure that their neighbors have access to nutritional food. Ways of putting this into action are broken down into several categories such...

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What Can Faith and Community-Based Organizations Do to End Childhood Hunger?

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

This guide provides ideas to faith and community-based organizations on ways they can work toward ending childhood hunger in their communities. Seven ideas are highlighted including becoming a sponsor for an afterschool or summer feeding site, encouraging their networks to volunteer and other ideas specific to faith and community-based organizations.

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What Can Volunteers and Civic Groups Do to End Childhood Hunger?

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

This guide provides ideas to volunteers and civic groups on ways they can work toward ending childhood hunger in their communities. Six ideas are highlighted including increasing accessibility to farmers’ markets and other ideas specific to volunteers and civic groups.

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What Can the General Public Do to End Childhood Hunger?

By Feeding America

This guide provides ideas to the general public on ways they can work toward ending childhood hunger in their communities. Four ideas are highlighted including organizing a food drive, donating money to anti-hunger causes and other ideas for the general public to become involved in ending childhood hunger.

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Urban Grower’s Manual

By The Food Project

“Urban Grower’s Manual” is a guide to urban agriculture. It depicts how to work with and inspire diverse groups of people who contribute their time and effort to urban lots. It also explains how to plan for, plant, harvest and distribute produce from a city-size farm. The manual is divided into five sections, which break...

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Rural Grower’s Manual

By The Food Project

“Rural Grower’s Manual” exists to assist the rural grower in managing the farm effectively while engaging the youth and volunteers in productive farm work. The first section, “Food Project Agriculture,” describes the practices that reflect the proper stewardship to the land. The second section, “Working with People and The Land,” describes the systems that integrate...

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Volunteer Program Manual

By The Food Project

The “Volunteer Program Manual” is designed to help volunteer coordinators utilize volunteers effectively on a farm or community garden. This manual provides a thorough example of how one organization has incorporated volunteers into the work in the field. The model is broken down into recruiting volunteers, operations, motivation techniques, follow-up and evaluation. A list of...

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Academic Year Program Manual

By The Food Project

“Academic Year Program Manual” describes the Academic Year Program in great detail and provides guidance and motivation to leaders who wishes to organize similar programs. The Academic Year Program connects young people to their food and their communities through working on the land, growing vegetables, speaking to others about their experience, leading volunteers, etc. The...

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Community Renewal: Supporting a Local Food Bank

By Corporation for National and Community Service

This resource offers a step-by-step guide for those interested in volunteering at a food bank, starting a food drive, recruiting a team, organizing a group and making an impact in their communities. The five step guide includes: (1) identifying local partners, (2) building a team, (3) setting a goal, (4) serving your community and (5)...

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