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Volunteer opportunities at Tarrant Area Food Bank include:
- Become a Hunger Fighter by ensuring safe and quality food distributed to partner hunger-relief charities. Bring your office team, organization, social group and friends to give your time in Quality Control. Volunteers are in most need on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Schedule your time in advance with Becky Gruhl, Volunteer Coordinator.
- Fill hungry tummies through the school pantry program! We've partnered with Target to run Meals for Minds, a monthly school pantry program. Each student at a local Fort Worth school is eligible to receive fresh food, including fresh produce and other nutritious items. Individuals and small groups of volunteers are needed to help unload and distribute food directly to families in need. Volunteers 15 years or older are invited. Background check required for those who are 18 years or older. Contact Robyn Morgan, Volunteer Coordinator to learn more.
Share your talent in the kitchen and passion for healthy food by volunteering as a culinary instructor, nutrition instructor, course assistant, course manager or photographer for Cooking Matters®, a program of Share Our Strength. Attend an upcoming Cooking Matters® Orientation for Volunteers to learn more.
- Quality Control: Inspect, sort and place food in storage boxes. Open to individuals and groups including corporate, school, service, civic, religious, professional and social groups. Youth must be 16 years or older or be accompanied by a parent or guardian to work in this area where heavy machinery is in use.
- BackPacks for Kids night: Pack nonperishable, kid-friendly food for school-aged children at risk of hunger on the weekends. Groups and families with children over 8 years old and 48 inches tall may volunteer. Now scheduling for July and later in 2014!
- Community Kitchen Production: Assist the production team in assembling prepared meals for distribution to Partner Agencies and their clients. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
- Youth Group Special Projects: Youth younger than 16 can help with special tasks such as assembling boxes, sorting, stuffing or labeling and with other jobs that do not involve activity around heavy machinery. Youth can also assemble special bags of food, off-site, such as "Birthday in a Bag," to distribute to hungry children.
- Community Gardens: Serve as a knowledgeable resource to community gardens, assist in the initial set-up and construction of gardens, or assist with garden site evaluation and with maintaining and updating the Food Bank's Community Garden website pages, Resource Guide and other information.
- Nutrition Services: Cooking Matters® orientation for Volunteers, upcoming dates.
Volunteer as a culinary instructor, nutrition instructor, course assistant, course manager, tour leader or photographer for Cooking Matters®, a program of Share Our Strength.
- Farmers Market Nutrition Program: Help register mothers and their young children to receive fresh, locally grown produce directly from farmers. Available weekdays June through September. Training required for FMNP volunteers.
- Summer Food Service Program:
Volunteers lead enrichment activities with child participants at summer feeding sites. Children as young as 8 can volunteer if accompanied by parent/adult. Available weekdays during June - August. Training required for SFSP volunteers.
- Administrative Assistance: Help with record-keeping, list management, writing thank-you notes, data entry and other computer-based projects, preparing mailings, telephoning and reception desk duties.
- Canned Food Drives: Work with businesses and organizations to organize food drives or work with existing food drive groups, or start your own canned food drive.
- Special Fundraising Events: Serve on planning committees, prepare mailings, decorate, collect prizes, help with registration and set up for the event.
For more information and to schedule volunteer hours, please Contact Us.