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.


The Right to Food: Building Upon “Food Is Medicine”

By American Journal of Preventative Medicine

Despite progress being made in integrating provision of food into healthcare services, there are on the ground limitations of “food is medicine” interventions that need to be acknowledged as barriers to creating lasting change. Goals must now expand beyond remediating the physiologic impacts of a poor diet and reducing associated healthcare costs and evolve toward...

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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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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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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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School Breakfast Scorecard School Year 2018 – 2019

By FRAC

This report measures the reach of the School Breakfast Program in the 2018–2019 school year — nationally and in each state — based on a variety of metrics, and examines the impact of select trends and policies on program participation.

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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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Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report

By Food Research & Action Center

This report measures the reach of the Summer Nutrition Programs in July 2018, nationally and in each state.

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Developing an Afterschool Meals Outreach Plan

By Food Research & Action Center

Increasing participation in the Afterschool Meal Program requires proactive planning and partnership. Developing a strong and cohesive outreach plan is an important way to increase participation, and the summer months are the perfect time to recruit afterschool sites, ensure existing sites will be returning, engage new partners, and increase awareness. Detailed below are things to...

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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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