Food Safety and Liability Protection

Tarrant Area Food Bank does everything necessary to protect product that is transported, received, stored, and distributed by Tarrant Area Food Bank from abuse and contamination. The federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act of 1996 protects those who donate food in good faith to TAFB or other nonprofits from civil or criminal liability should such donated food later cause harm to a recipient. Learn more about the act.

To fulfill our commitment to food safety, TAFB:

Implements good food safety practices using regulatory agencies, Feeding America, and food industry partners, and third-party auditors as resources

Constantly assesses food products in all work and storage areas and product that is deemed unsafe for human consumption or is suspected to have been abused is not knowingly distributed

Provides training for all staff, temporary workers, volunteers, partners or any others that come in contact with food products in our facility

Measures compliance against performance standards on an on-going basis, regularly convening an interdepartmental Food Safety Committee, conducting regular self-inspections, and annual third-party audits

Communicates our values for food safety and continues developing a strong food safety culture within our organization, as well as with our Partner Agencies and food industry partners

Ensures continual improvement in food safety performance by considering food safety implications in decision-making, researching and applying industry best practices, and pursuing peer mentoring opportunities within the Feeding America network

Of the more than 23 million meals Tarrant Area Food Bank distributes each year, food drives account for more than 833,000 meals.

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Food industry partnerships are vital to our work to serve the hungry in our 13-county service region. Find out how your company can help ensure that our network of 300 Partner Agencies are able to continue meeting the great need in our community.

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