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.


WHY’s Top 10 Ways to Create Empowerment and Self-Reliance

By World Hunger Year

WHY’s Top 10 Ways to Create Empowerment and Self-Reliance is a brief list of steps to help struggling people move toward independence. This guide recommends using government resources, taking nutrition and language classes, involvement in advocacy, job training, youth development, and several other tips. This list was prepared for businesses and other organizations that serve underprivileged...

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Building the Bridge: Linking Food Banking and Community Food Security

By World Hunger Year / Community Food Security Coalition

Building the Bridge: Linking Food Banking and Community Food Security aims to foster greater understanding among food banks of the community food security approach and a greater understanding among the community food security movement of numerous food banks’ efforts to help build a just food system. This document surveys the linkages between food banking and community...

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Growing Leaders, Growing Change: Youth and Urban Agriculture

By World Hunger Year / World Hunger Year's Grassroots Action Network

Growing Leaders, Growing Change: Youth and Urban Agriculture provides a detailed, in-depth look at some of World Hunger Year’s Grassroots Action Network’s Model Programs, Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award Winners, and United States Department of Agriculture Community Food Project Grantees who are taking their programs to the next level by offering innovative urban gardening programs for...

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Serving Up Justice: How to Design an Emergency Feeding Program and Build Community Food Security

By World Hunger Year

Serving Up Justice: How to Design an Emergency Feeding Program and Build Community Food Security serves as a manual and resource tool to establish emergency food distribution programs. It can also be used to improve or expand existing programs. The first half outlines the logistics of designing and managing an emergency food program. The second discusses the...

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Going Beyond Emergency Food: A Guide for Providers

By WhyHunger

“Going Beyond Emergency Food: A Guide for Providers” helps organizations move beyond emergency services so that they can provide the education and skills needed to address hunger and poverty issues. This guide will help you increase community food security and reduce poverty in your area. Increasing community food security means access to affordable nutritious food...

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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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Filling Our Bowls: A Grassroots Guide to Fundraising

By WhyHunger

“Filling Our Bowls: A Grassroots Guide to Fundraising” is an introductory guide to fundraising and grant-writing. Topics covered in the guide include: writing a grant, government grants, foundation grants, corporate grants, social enterprise, in kind donations, international funding opportunities, finding grants online, and WHY Resources. In addition to a brief description on how each grant...

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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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