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.


New Research Shows SNAP Reduces Hospital and ER Visits, Lowers Medicaid Costs by $2,360 per Person Annually

By Benefits Data Trust (BDT)

Higher enrollment by older adults in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is associated with fewer hospital and long-term care admissions as well as emergency room visits – and an estimated Medicaid cost-savings of $2,360 per person annually, according to newly published research findings. The research also found that data-driven outreach and assistance in applying...

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FACT SHEET: United States Department of Agriculture Provisions in H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan

By United States Department of Agriculture

WASHINGTON, Mar. 10, 2021 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The legislation is a critical step in getting the U.S. economy back on track, getting children back to school, getting COVID-19 vaccinations to all Americans, and pulling millions out of poverty. Specifically, provisions within the...

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Why Colorado Must Protect its Agriculture Workers

By Kasey Neiss, Fatuma Emmad & Nicole Civita

A report detailing how agricultural workers are, in many ways, a captive and deliberately invisibilized workforce, with lack of workplace rights afforded other workers. This report details the rights parity and basic wage protections advanced by SB21-087 are important not only for equalizing the legal treatment of agricultural workers vis-a-vis other wage-earners, but also for...

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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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What You Can Do To Help Prevent Wasted Food

By USDA

This booklet discusses ways to reduce, recover, and recycle food before it goes to waste. Get ideas for your school by reading tips for school nutrition professionals, teachers, parents, students, and school administrators.

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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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How an Important Federal Law Can Help Millions of Low-Income People Register to Vote Through State Public Assistance Agencies

By Food Research & Action Center

This primer features information on how to support opportunities to register people to vote through public assistance agencies. Advocates know the importance of lifting up in the democratic process the voices of communities affected by poverty, hunger, lack of resources for health care or housing, and racial discrimination. The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) is...

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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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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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