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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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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2019 Hunger Innovation Report

By No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength

Today, one out of every seven kids lives in a home impacted by hunger. Despite a myriad of federal nutrition programs and an army of dedicated organizations and individuals working to minimize its impact, hunger persists. Innovative efforts to tackle childhood hunger—including Summer EBT pilots and breakfast in the classroom programs—have been successful at connecting...

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The Water of Systems Change

By John Kania, Mark Kramer, Peter Senge

Foundations involved in systems change can increase their odds for success by focusing on the least explicit but most powerful conditions for change, while also turning the lens on themselves. The Water of Systems Change aims to clarify what it means to shift these conditions. We offer the “inverted triangle” framework as an actionable model...

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Guide to Better Youth Engagement

By Alliance to End Hunger

This guide for better youth engagement includes the benefits of engaging youth as well as tips and resources.

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10: Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience

By Tamarack Institute

Multi-sectoral collaboration between governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, and people with lived/living experience of poverty has been recognized as a core principle of effective poverty-reduction work since the establishment of Vibrant Communities in 2002. This guide seeks to further support the inclusion of these diverse voices as an integral part of reducing and eliminating poverty.

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Community Garden Best Practices Toolkit

By Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador

This is a guide for communities who would like to start a community garden project. It was written specifically for Newfoundland and Labrador, but most of the information provided would be useful to a wide variety of communities.

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Reviving Economies, Restoring Food Systems: Models of Food Enterprises in Indian Country

By First Nations Development Institute

This report highlights five food enterprises in Native American and Hawaiian Native communities that are leading the way to increasing positive health factors and building wealth for their community members. On their journey of food reclamation, they have encountered and have overcome many challenges often experienced in generating economic development in Native American and Native...

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Joining Together to End Hunger in Indianapolis

By American Outlook

This article covers some of the historical successes of one of our members, the Indy Hunger Network. It discusses how they analyzed hunger and food assistance in their community and developed their anti-hunger programs. Since this article is no longer available online, we’ve decided to publish and share it here as a pdf.

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