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What are the primary sources of donated food for TAFB?

Tarrant Area Food Bank obtains food through:

  • Donations from
    • Food Industry (growers, processors, manufacturers, wholesalers, discount brokers, distributors, retailers - grocers, restaurants, food service companies, caterers)
    • Community Food Drives
    • Individuals
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Commodities Program
  • Purchasing- Occasionally, when the supply of items such as rice, canned fruit or canned vegetables are low, the Food Bank purchases food at a greatly discounted rate.

People on food truck

Food Industry Donations

Regional food banks, individually and as a national network, help prevent the waste of food by working with the food industry to acquire, transport, and distribute surplus and unmarketable, but wholesome, food.

Hundreds of food industry companies in the greater Tarrant metropolitan area save money and eliminate waste by donating their surplus and imperfect, yet edible, products to Tarrant Area Food Bank. The food may be donated because growers produced more than can be sold profitably, over-production occurred during manufacturing, the packaging is slightly damaged or the contents underweight, the product has been discontinued, is mislabeled or is approaching expiration, or simply, the commercial donor generously provides the product.

Commercial food operations can donate their surplus, unmarketable products to Tarrant Area Food Bank by calling Jim Macphearson at 817-332-9177, ext. 121, or emailing him.

Many donations from the food industry come through Feeding America, a national network of more than 200 regional food distribution centers, or food banks, including Tarrant Area Food Bank. Feeding America recruits national food companies to donate mislabeled, surplus or other unmarketable, but viable, food products to the network.

In Texas, the 18 Feeding America affiliates regularly share and redistribute donations throughout their state association, Feeding Texas.

USDA Commodities

We supplement our food supply with product from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We have the exclusive contract in our 13-county service area to distribute USDA commodities for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). In any given year, these commodities make up 20 to 30 percent of our total distribution.

Tarrant Area Food Bank is operated in accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, which prohibits discrimination on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, political beliefs, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, reprisal and, where applicable, marital status and familial or parental status.