Frequently Asked Questions
How successful is Tarrant Area Food Bank in its fight against hunger?

Fighting hunger is an ongoing battle as the population grows and the economy expands and contracts. Each month, Tarrant Area Food Bank and its network of Partner Agencies are providing groceries and/or meals to more than 53,000 family and individual households representing more than 167,000 unduplicated individuals. The more donations of food, funds and volunteer time TAFB receives, the more food it can distribute to those Partner Agencies and through Tarrant Area Food Bank mobile pantries and direct feeding programs for children and seniors.

Where does Tarrant Area Food Bank get most of its food?

Most of the food Tarrant Area Food Bank distributes is donated by the food industry, including growers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers. About 33 pounds out of every 100 pounds of food distributed to communities is a fresh fruit or vegetable.

What time of year is food needed most?

Hunger doesn’t take a vacation. Food is needed all year round. However, donations are often the lowest in February and March and again during the summer. In addition, in January and February fewer people volunteer, affecting the amount of holiday food drive donations processed in Quality Control and thus the amount of nonperishable food Tarrant Area Food Bank can distribute during those months. We encourage groups to hold food drives and to volunteer during February, March and April through August as well as during the fall and winter holidays.

What are the top 5 most needed foods?

View a list of the most requested food items on our Community Food Drives page.

Does Tarrant Area Food Bank take baby food?

Tarrant Area Food Bank can only accept baby formula and cereal donations from the food industry. Jars of baby food must be in the original cases of the manufacturer.

Will Tarrant Area Food Bank pick up our donations?

Tarrant Area Food Bank can only pick up donations of 750 pounds or more that are scheduled with us at least two weeks in advance of the pick-up date. To schedule a pick-up, please fill out and submit our Transportation Form. During the week, TAFB’s drivers and trucks are busy picking up commercial food donations. During November and December when many of the largest food drives are held, Tarrant Area Food Bank depends on volunteer drivers with trucks from commercial distributors and trucking companies to pick up the larger donations from school districts and corporations.

Are they any other places in the community where I can drop my donations?

In Tarrant County during November and December, individuals, families and smaller food drive groups can drop off their donations at their neighborhood fire stations. Tarrant Area Food Bank volunteers pick up these collections from the fire stations. The rest of the year food donations need to be dropped off at the Tarrant Area Food Bank Distribution Center, 2600 Cullen St., Fort Worth, 76107.

When can I deliver my food donations?

Tarrant Area Food Bank can receive smaller donations in its lobby during the following times: Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Larger food donations that need to be unloaded directly into the warehouse can be delivered Monday through Thursday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Friday between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Who are the people who receive food assistance?

Most people who seek food assistance have to swallow their pride before going to a pantry or soup kitchen. Many are hard-working, low-wage earners without health insurance who are trying to support families while dealing with medical bills, major car repairs or other situations that become financial crises because of their low incomes. Others are living on fixed Social Security incomes—people such as senior citizens or individuals with severe disabilities or life-threatening chronic illnesses. Some are middle-income earners who have been laid off and have spent their savings while job hunting.

Of all the people served by Tarrant Area Food Bank’s network of partner charities, 35% are children. In addition to eating groceries from pantries or even meals at soup kitchens, these children may eat at one of TAFB’s after school programs or take home over the weekend in a backpack of food supplied by TAFB.

How can a family or individual get food from Tarrant Area Food Bank?

Tarrant Area Food Bank does not provide food directly to people. We supply food to our Partner Agencies that serve individuals and families in our 13-county region.

Enter your ZIP code in our Find Food map to view a list of local agencies that provide food assistance. Our Social Services Outreach team also helps people apply for SNAP, financial assistance and other aid. Learn more.

In addition, individuals and families seeking food assistance can find help by calling the three-digit phone number 2-1-1 or if calling from a cell phone, dial 817-258-8100. These two phone numbers reach United Way’s information and referral staff, who can give the caller information about social service agencies that serve their home ZIP code area.

How many people volunteer at Tarrant Area Food Bank?

In 2015, more than 25,000 volunteers, including adults, teens and younger children, contributed 85,000 hours of their time to support Tarrant Area Food Bank’s mission.

Does Tarrant Area Food Bank offer volunteer opportunities for court-ordered community service?

Yes. Individuals with court-ordered community service, including lawyer-referred service or teen court, may volunteer in Quality Control. An orientation prior to beginning their service hours is required. Learn more.

Does Teen Court send kids to Tarrant Area Food Bank?

Teen Court recognizes donation of food and volunteer work performed at Tarrant Area Food Bank as community service.

Can high school and college students volunteer to meet degree requirements for community service?

Yes.

Where does your financial support come from?

The majority of our financial support comes from donations made by individuals. We also receive grants from foundations and corporations.

What percentage of my donation goes toward feeding people?

Of Tarrant Area Food Bank’s total annual income, 96 percent goes toward programs, which includes food collection and distribution, direct feeding programs for children, nutrition services and culinary job training.