Volunteer FAQs

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Tarrant Area Food Bank. The sections below cover some of the most commonly asked questions about TAFB volunteer opportunities. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us by email.

General Questions:
Do I need to sign up to volunteer ahead of time?

Yes. All volunteers must sign up in advance. We plan projects and assign staff based on the number of volunteers scheduled. Due to scheduling capacity, we may be unable to accommodate walk-in volunteers.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Individuals or families (less than 5 individuals): View available opportunities on our Volunteer page and follow the registration link to sign up. Court-ordered/lawyer-referred volunteers should first register for an upcoming orientation.

Groups (5 or more individuals): View available opportunities on our Volunteer page, follow the registration link to view available volunteer shifts/events and fill out our Group Volunteer Request form.

Are volunteer opportunities available for youth? What is the minimum age?

Yes! Several opportunities for children as young as 8 years old are available.  Each program has minimum age requirements (noted below). Children ages 8-13 require one adult chaperone for every one to three children volunteering. Children ages 14-15 require one adult chaperone for every one to 10 children volunteering. Children ages 16 and up do not require adult supervision during volunteer shifts.

Must be 8+ years old: Children’s Feeding Programs volunteer opportunity at TAFB Distribution Center, Community Garden program, Summer Meals program – adult supervision required for children under 16 years old

Must be 13+ years old: Farmers Market Nutrition Program – adult supervision required for children under 16 years old

Must be 14+ years old: Quality Control (must be 55 in. tall) – adult supervision required for children under 16 years old

Must be 16+ years old: Garden on the Go, Meals for Minds – no adult supervision required

Must be 18+ years old: Community Kitchen, Cooking Matters – no adult supervision required

Do I need a background check to volunteer?

Background checks are only required for volunteers who are 18 years or older and would like to volunteer for the programs listed below:

  • Cooking Matters
  • Farmers Market Nutrition Program
Group Questions:
How many volunteers can be in a group?

Five or more individuals are considered a group.  If there are 4 or fewer individuals, please register as “Individuals or Families.”  The maximum group size cannot exceed the “Volunteers Needed” for a shift/event.

Court-Ordered Community Service Questions:
Can I complete court-ordered community service at Tarrant Area Food Bank?

Yes, provided that your charges are NOT related to an act of violence or sexual misconduct. You must bring verification of your charges to a scheduled orientation. All court-ordered community service must be completed in Quality Control.