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Job Training Program

The Tarrant Area Food Bank Community Kitchen provides free culinary job training to prepare men and women from all backgrounds for work in food services. The Community Kitchen gives students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and give back to the community.

Attend an upcoming info session on Community Kitchen (download flyer).

More information on applying for the program


Chef Manny VasquezDuring the 16-week program, students:

- Learn from the TAFB professional chef

- Participate in demonstrations given by community professional chefs

- Receive coaching in life skills and job readiness

- Prepare meals that are delivered to partner charities

- Showcase their new skills at on-site catering events for TAFB

- Serve a two-week unpaid internship at a local food service institution

- Celebrate their accomplishments at a formal graduation ceremony

(View photos of a recent graduating class)


Since its inception in 2007, 221 students have successfully completed the program. On average, more than 80% of Community Kitchen students have continued to be employed at least one year after graduation. Community Kitchen student internships often turn into full-time jobs.


Contact Us

To offer an internship site or employment and/or for information about student applications and other aspects of the Tarrant Area Food Bank Community Kitchen, contact:

Barbara Higbee
Community Kitchen Manager
817-332-9177, ext.144

Photo credit: Jason Kindig