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Volunteer opportunities at Tarrant Area Food Bank include:
- 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.
- Ensure children have full tummies this summer through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
One in four children in Tarrant County live in a food insecure household. This feeding program helps bridge the gap during the summer months for those children who rely on school meals. Volunteers as young as 8 years old are needed for assisting in meal distribution and to lead enrichment activities for child participants. Training and background check required. Contact Robyn to learn more.
- Help families receive local farm-fresh food.
By partnering with WIC (Women, Infants and Children) clinics in Tarrant County, Tarrant Area Food Bank is connecting local farmers and WIC clients. From June through September, WIC clients will be able to receive vouchers for fresh produce which they may immediately redeem with farmers set up at the clinic locations. Adult volunteers are needed weekday mornings. Bilingual/Spanish-speaking is a plus. Training required. Contact Robyn 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.
- 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.
- Birthday-in-a-Bag: Youth are invited to assemble birthday party items for children who participate in our Food for Kids programs. Volunteers provide items including cake mix, icing, party decorations, toys, etc. Assembly may be performed at home or at the food bank.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- School Pantry:
Help unload and distribute food directly to families in need
at Meals for Minds, a Target-sponsored school pantry
program that occurs monthly on the Northside of Fort Worth. Volunteers needed the 3rd Tuesday afternoon each month during the school year. Background check required.
- 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.
- 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.