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.


On The Frontlines: Nonprofits Led by People of Color Confront COVID-19 and Structural Racism

By Building Movement Project

This report examines how nonprofit leaders of color are grappling with the effects of COVID-19 on their communities, organizations, and themselves.

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Hunger Free Community Coalition Rapid-Response Assessment and Action Tool

By Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, Texas Hunger Initiative

This tool provides guidance to coalitions on how to quickly asses the resources and needs of your community during a crisis, allowing you to more effectively identify where your coalition can be most impactful in moving to action. It will walk you through a simple process of identifying needs and resources, creating an action plan...

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Asset-Based Community Recovery Framework

By Jonathan Massimi, City of Kitchener and Heather Keam, Tamarack Institute

This is an asset-based renewal framework that draws upon what has been disrupted in our communities, what has emerged and what has been revealed by recognizing gifts, fostering connections, and telling stories. This framework is different because it is a bottom-up approach. It allows individuals, associations, organizations/non-profits, businesses, and municipalities to think about role people...

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Asset Based Community Development – A Booklet For Residents

By Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

This short practical guide offers many fun and useful tips on how you and your neighbours can build community together, in a way that starts with a focus on what’s strong, not what’s wrong. The ideas contained here have been tried and tested by residents in many Norwegian communities and in neighbourhoods, towns and villages...

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Strategy Triage Tool

By Strategy Lift

The Triage Tool is a simple five square. The tool first invites you to define a guiding question or line of sight that points toward your aspiration for impact in this moment. After you’ve established your guiding question, use the tool to sort your plans/work/strategies into the different categories. It may take several rounds, but...

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The Disaster Relief Playbook for Shared and Commercial Kitchens

By O'Side Kitchen Collaborative

A step-by-step playbook any commercial kitchen can use to activate underutilized space as a food distribution operation during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

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Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics

By Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

The U.S. food system has created and been shaped by racial injustices since its inception. The ways in which racial injustice is made manifest through our food system are sometimes quite clear and other times murky at best. Data is a powerful tool that can either illuminate or obstruct the reality of injustice. Disaggregating data...

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New Jersey Community Colleges #RealCollege Survey

By The Hope Center

Now in its fifth year, the #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs security among college students. In the absence of any federal data on the subject, the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice created the survey to evaluate access to affordable food and housing among college students. This...

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#RealCollege 2020: Five Years of Evidence on Campus Basic Needs Insecurity

By The Hope Center, Christine Baker-Smith, Vanessa Coca, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Elizabeth Looker, Brianna Richardson, and Tiffani Williams

Now in its fifth year, the #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs insecurity among college students. In the absence of any federal data on the subject, the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice created the survey to evaluate access to affordable food and housing among college students. This...

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Hunger is a Health Issue for Older Adults

By FRAC

Poverty, food insecurity, and poor nutrition have harmful impacts on the health and well-being of older adults, which, in turn, can limit their ability to work (for those still capable of working), carry on daily activities, and live independently. Maintaining good health, consuming a nutritious diet, and/ or managing an existing chronic disease can be...

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