OUR NETWORK OF FOOD AID CHARITIES
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Hunger-relief charities can depend on Tarrant Area Food Bank to collect and distribute nutritious, surplus food and related non-food products such as cleaning supplies and paper products. Annually, we recover millions of pounds of wholesome food and viable non-food items that otherwise would have been discarded, and distribute them to our Network of Partner Agencies.
Agencies and Programs in the Network
- Emergency food pantries and shelters
- Soup kitchens
- Low-income day care centers for children and for adults
- Senior citizen centers
- Healthcare programs
- Residential treatment programs
- Multi-service social centers with feeding programs
- Kids Cafes
- After-school and summer programs for youth
- BackPacks for Kids
- Tarrant Area Food Bank Community Kitchen
- Meals for the homebound
- Disaster assistance programs
Food and Non-food Products Available to Partner Agencies
- USDA commodities are distributed by the Food Bank on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. These products are offered under strict guidelines and provide us an additional assortment of grains, canned meats, canned vegetables and dried milk, as well as frozen meats and fresh vegetables. Many member agencies qualify for USDA commodities, and your agency may too.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and dairy products are given to the Food Bank continuously from many sources, and are often first quality, but more than the donor can use. Additionally, many of our fresh fruits and vegetables have been gleaned for us and are shipped directly from the growing areas. Varieties and quantities vary daily. Fresh breads and dairy products are FREE to our network.
- Case lots are full cases donated to the Food Bank packaged in original factory case lots. These products are available only in full cases and include frozen meats, frozen entrees, frozen soups and sauces, dry goods, canned goods, beverages, and cleaning, health and beauty supplies.
- Reclaimed product that has been donated because the packaging may have been damaged; products/labels may have been discontinued; overproduction occurred during manufacturing and processing; or simply the processor has generously provided this product. Additionally, many items are donated by the community during food drives and other promotions on behalf of the Food Bank. Reclaimed product includes canned goods, dry goods, frozen products, and health and beauty supplies.
- Frozen meals are produced in limited numbers by the Food Bank's Community Kitchen for distribution by Partner Agencies. These meals are not listed on the regular shopping list, but on the add-on list made available to agencies when they pick-up their pre-ordered products.
Additional Services Offered Partner Agencies
- Free annual conference of workshops on topics suggested by agency partners.
- Collaboration opportunities.
- Assistance with grant applications and USDA qualifying.
- Training for ServSafe (food safety) certification in food handling.
- Various nutrition education programs that provide food recipients with information while they wait for services and classes on nutrition, budgeting, food preparation and food safety.
- Community Gardening expertise and support to involve your clients in creating and maintaining community gardens.
- SNAP/Food Stamp Outreach is available at your site to help your pantry participants fill out food stamp (and Medicaid and TANF) applications, as well as answer any questions about benefits.
For up-to-date information on recalls of food products, which Tarrant Area Food Bank may or may NOT have in its inventory, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration site. If any recalled product is in our inventory, we will immediately send a memo alerting our network agencies to insepect their inventory for such items and discard them.