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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Community Eligibility: The Key to Hunger-Free Schools School Year 2019 – 2020

By FRAC

Community eligibility allows high-needs schools and districts to meet the nutritional needs of the many low-income families they serve. The option creates hunger-free schools by ensuring that students are well-nourished and ready to learn, and it allows school nutrition departments to use their resources to provide nutritious meals by streamlining administrative requirements. As the nation...

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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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Food Security in a Pandemic

By PAHO and WHO

This tool comes from the PAHO/WHO’s Leadership During a Pandemic: What Your Municipality Can Do. The full toolkit can be found at here. This tool will help you to: • Provide a thorough introduction to staff and volunteers about the key ways in which a pandemic may cause severe hunger and nutrition problems in your municipality...

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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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Rethinking Summer Food: A New Vision to Reduce Summer Hunger

By Food Research & Action Center

The Summer Nutrition Programs have struggled to meet the need, serving just one child summer lunch for every seven low-income children who participated in school lunch during the regular school year. They are important programs, but their reach is falling far too short of meeting the need.

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Making WIC Work Better: Strategies to Reach More Women and Children and Strengthen Benefits Use

By Food Research & Action Center

This report highlights proven and innovative strategies to effectively reach and serve more of those who are eligible for WIC. The report is intended for all stakeholders, including WIC clinics, community-serving organizations, anti-hunger groups and other advocates, health care providers, Head Start, early care and education, grocery stores, business, members of obesity coalitions, healthy food...

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Hidden Food Stress: Underreported in National Data

By Children's HealthWatch

Many families across the country experience stress over whether or not they will have enough resources to feed their families, or “hidden food stress” (technically known as “marginal food security”).

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Report Card on Food Security and Immigration

By Children's HealthWatch

Our research highlights the disparities immigrant families with young citizen children experience in their ability to afford enough food, and describes the severity of that deprivation. As severity of food insecurity increases, risks of poor health outcomes also increase.11 This research also explores how the length of time mothers have lived in the U.S. is...

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