Community Kitchen in the Community
Even as students in the first six culinary training classes (January 2007- August 2008) worked to achieve their own self-sufficiency, they also served the community. Each class produced meals for students at East Fort Worth Montessori School, a Tarrant Area Food Bank partner charity where the Community Kitchen was housed.
In 2009 the Community Kitchen moved into their new 2,400 square-foot kitchen and classroom facility at Tarrant Area Food Bank. In the new kitchen, students and kitchen staff, with the help of volunteers, maintained this community service by converting donated prepared and perishable foods into frozen meals. Volunteers help package the meals into containers and shrink-wrap the filled containers. The Food Bank provides these meals to its partner charities that distribute them to families and individuals.
Community Kitchen students also have opportunities to prepare food for special events at the Food Bank such as Mayors’ luncheon and Legislators’ luncheon, the 2012 Fort Worth Big Read, and Breakfast with the Stars.
In addition, the students whose course dates include February participate each year in the Food Bank's signature fundraising event, Empty Bowls—An Artful Luncheon to Fight Hunger. The students prepare a soup and host their own table along with professional chefs and eating establishments in the community that donate their soups and desserts for the popular event.
Volunteer in the Community Kitchen
Volunteers also assist with meal production each weekday morning, 9 am - 12 pm. Those who volunteer their time in the Community Kitchen must be 18 years or older. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to learn more about volunteering in the Community Kitchen.