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Each member agency commits to contributing a shared maintenance fee (distribution fee) of up to the current maximum of 18 cents per pound for all products received except fresh bread and fresh dairy products, which are FREE. Nowhere else can our member agencies find a consistent supply of good quality food and other household products, at a value per pound of just 18 cents or less!

Purpose of the Shared Maintenance Fee

The fee is designed to share with all agencies the costs of operating Tarrant Area Food Bank as a distribution center. The shared maintenance fee helps pay for the transportation of products to our warehouse and from us to partners in the outer reaches of our service region; assists in procuring products which are in short supply, such as protein; helps support a full-time professional staff; maintains a warehouse with dry, refrigerated and freezer space; and covers other overhead costs.

The IRS has established that Food Banks are authorized to request network agencies to contribute a shared maintenance fee to share in the cost of procuring and distributing food as long as individuals being served by a network agency are not charged for food provided by the agency.

Our network agencies are required to sign a contract stating that the individuals they serve will not be charged a fee for the food they receive whether in the form of prepared meals, snacks or pantry services.

Earning Credits

Earning Credits toward your Shared Maintenance fee is easy!

Volunteers from your agency or others who are associated with your agency can come to Tarrant Area Food Bank and volunteer on your behalf. Each volunteer hour will be credited to your Shared Maintenance Fee account. For more informations about this opportunity, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Becky Gruhl by email or phone at 817-332-9177, ext. 138.