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Get Involved: Donate Your Time
Volunteer opportunities at Tarrant Area Food Bank are listed below.
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- Share your talent in the kitchen and your passion for healthy food. Spice up your resume as a culinary instructor, nutrition instructor, course manager, course assistant, or tour leader in TAFB’s Cooking Matters® course.** To learn more, attend an upcoming Cooking Matters® Orientation.
- See the “smiles of delight” on children’s faces while helping families select nutritious foods in a farmer’s market-style setting. Held monthly at a local elementary school, Meals for Minds is a Target-Sponsored school pantry program. We welcome volunteers 16 years and older.**
- Administrative Assistance: Got a knack for office/clerical work? You can help TAFB staff with record keeping, list management, writing thank-you notes, data entry, reception desk coverage, preparing mailings, and other projects.
- BackPacks for Kids: Did you know that there are children who are at risk of going hungry on the weekend? Help pack nonperishable, kid-friendly food for these school-aged children. Single 3-hour shift on Wednesday evenings (see age policy).
Can you imagine not having a birthday party as a child? Wouldn't it be fun to assemble birthday bags for children who also participate in Food for Kids programs? Volunteers provide items including cake mix, icing, party decorations, toys, etc. Assembly may be performed on site or off site.
- Community Gardens: Like getting your hands dirty? Like watching things grow? Come help prepare, plant, and harvest TAFB’s Learning Garden. You can also share your gardening know-how as an educator.
- Community Kitchen Production: Do you enjoy being in the kitchen? Work alongside culinary school students to assemble prepared meals for distribution to hunger-relief partners. Must be 18 years or older.
- Farmers Market Nutrition Program**: Who doesn’t love a farmer’s market? You can be a personal shopper and help mothers with young children select fresh, locally grown produce. June through September. Some training required.
- Food Drives: Do you pride yourself on your planning and organizational skills? Why not help external groups organize food drives, or organize and conduct your own food drive!
- Garden on the Go: How much produce can you buy for $5? Volunteers pack 20 lb. bags of fresh fruits and vegetables for next-day distribution in “food desert” areas of Tarrant County.
- Quality Control: Want to be part of providing the more than 2 million meals that TAFB distributes each month in 13 counties? Help sort, inspectand pack food. Multiple 3-hour shifts, Monday through Saturday. Open to individuals and groups, ages 8 and older (see age policy).
- Summer Meals Program**: Do you enjoy spending time with children? You can lead games, read stories, or simply help little hands open a milk carton or unwrap a sandwich in this summer-camp style meal service program (see age policy). June through August. Some training required.
**Background check required