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.

Race to Lead Revisited: Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

By Building Movement Project

BMP has been exploring the nonprofit racial leadership gap since 2016. Our newest report explores how the whiteness of organizations impacts the experiences of nonprofit workers and the uncertainty about the impacts of DEI efforts in the nonprofit sector. Learn more about this report and our regional briefs here.

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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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Food Safety and Liability Insurance: Emerging Issues for Farmers and Institutions

By Community Food Security Coalition

Food Safety and Liability Insurance: Emerging Issues for Farmers and Institutions is a report addressing critical concerns about food safety, quality control, funding and liability insurance, particularly for institutions looking to buy produce and the small-scale farmers trying to sell. It provides the history of these issues and details challenges for small or limited resource producers. This...

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A Summer Food Guide: The step-by-step guide to running the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program in Oregon

By Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon

“A Summer Food Guide” is a comprehensive “how to” guide for an individual or a group who is interested in running a Summer Food Service Program in Oregon. It provides some background information on hunger in Oregon and Summer Food in general before addressing in step-by-step detail the process of starting a summer food site....

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Volunteer Program Manual

By The Food Project

The “Volunteer Program Manual” is designed to help volunteer coordinators utilize volunteers effectively on a farm or community garden. This manual provides a thorough example of how one organization has incorporated volunteers into the work in the field. The model is broken down into recruiting volunteers, operations, motivation techniques, follow-up and evaluation. A list of...

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Better Lunch Initiative Tool Kit

By Project Bread

“The Better Lunch Initiative Tool Kit” guides food service directors and managers on how to improve school lunches. It provides background information on the Better Lunch Initiative, which aims to improve school lunch nutrition by setting high standards based on the latest nutrition research. The toolkit seeks to model healthy meals through the school cafeteria,...

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SNAP: State Program Access Toolkit 2010

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

State agencies can use this toolkit to help identify methods to expand program access in their communities. This toolkit provides State agencies and local offices with specific examples of policy and procedure changes for improving program access. It also discusses increasing access through improvements in technology, demonstration projects and grant pilot projects.

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Selling Strategies for Local Food Producers

By University of Missouri Extension

“Selling Strategies for Local Food Producers” provides tips and strategies to help local producers and other vendors of local produce in direct marketing and sales at farmers markets, farm stands, to local chefs and other local markets. Topics covered include but are not limited to: rapport building, sales techniques, ideas for printed materials and customer...

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