Community Kitchen in the Community
Even as students in Tarrant Area Food Bank's culinary training classes work to achieve their own self-sufficiency, they also serve the community. Each class produces meals for distribution by charities served by TAFB.
Students and kitchen staff, with the help of volunteers, convert donated prepared and perishable foods into frozen meals. Volunteers help package the meals into containers and shrink-wrap the filled containers. TAFB Partner Agencies distribute them to families and individuals.
Community Kitchen students also have opportunities to prepare food for special events at the Food Bank. These include Hunger Action Month luncheons for mayors and legislators, the Souper Bowl of Caring Celebration Breakfast and other gatherings.
In addition, the students whose course dates include February or March 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 alongside 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 a.m. - 12 p.m. Those who volunteer their time in the Community Kitchen must be 18 years or older. Please contact Debby Christian, volunteer coordinator, to learn more about volunteering in the Community Kitchen.