School-year BackPacks for Kids
To provide nourishment on weekends for children at high risk of hunger, Tarrant Area Food Bank collaborates with school-aged children to offer its BackPacks for Kids program.
The schools identify the students and Tarrant Area Food Bank provides the backpacks and the food that children can easily access without the help of adults. At the end of the school week, children take home food for themselves and their school-aged siblings.
During the 2014-2015 school year, Tarrant Area Food Bank is providing weekend backpacks of kid-friendly food to 50 schools in seven counties (Tarrant, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Johnson, Parker and Somervell).
How to Help: Backpack Drive
You can help ensure that children participating in TAFB's Food for Kids program get a head start to the school year by donating new or gently used backpacks during our Backpack Drive.
Donated backpacks are filled with nutritious foods and given to children living in food-insecure homes to make sure that they don't go hungry over the weekend.
To donate backpacks, visit our TAFB Distribution Center at 2600 Cullen Street. Backpacks can be dropped off Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m or on Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Please note: To ensure quality and quantity, we cannot accept food donations for the BackPacks for Kids program.
SummerPacks for Kids
Each summer, Tarrant Area Food Bank provides its SummerPacks for Kids program in partnership with the City of Fort Worth and its Summer Nutrition sites.
We also provide SummerPacks in partnership with some of our Summer Food Service Program meal sites.
For more information about BackPacks for Kids or SummerPacks, please contact Sarah Centeno at 817-857-7124 or by email.