FAQ

Do You Have Questions?

A list of frequently asked questions to help you understand how it works.

How successful is Tarrant Area Food Bank in its fight against hunger?

Fighting hunger is an ongoing battle as the population grows and the economy expands and contracts. Each week, Tarrant Area Food Banks is able to provide access to 1,000,000 nutritious meals through a network of over 330 pantries and area feeding programs.

Where does Tarrant Area Food Bank get most of its food?

Most of the food Tarrant Area Food Bank distributes is donated by the food industry, including growers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers. About 39 pounds out of every 100 pounds of food distributed to communities is a fresh fruit or vegetable.

What time of year is food needed most?

Hunger doesn’t take a vacation. Food is needed all year round. We encourage groups to hold food drives, start virtual food drives and volunteer with us. All of these opportunities help put food on the table for hungry North Texans.

Where can I drop my food donations?

Due to COVID-19, we are not currently accepting food donations from the public. Instead, consider starting a virtual food drive with your friends or workplace. Click here to get started.

What are the most needed food items?

  • Pop-top cans of ravioli, meats, soups, etc.
  • Cereal bars
  • Fruit cups
  • Juice
  • Individual cups of macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, cereal, etc.
  • Ready to eat food

Does Tarrant Area Food Bank take baby food?

Tarrant Area Food Bank can only accept baby formula and cereal donations from the food industry. Jars of baby food must be in the original cases of the manufacturer.

When can I deliver my food donations?

Due to COVID-19, we are not currently accepting food donations from the public. Instead, consider starting a virtual food drive with your friends or workplace. Click here to get started.

Will Tarrant Area Food Bank pick up our donations?

Tarrant Area Food Bank can only pick up donations of 2,000 pounds or more that are scheduled at least two weeks in advance. However, due to COVID-19, we are not currently accepting food donations from the public. Instead, consider starting a virtual food drive with your friends or workplace. Click here to get started.

Who are the people who receive food assistance?

Hunger can affect any one of us. Most people who seek food assistance have to swallow their pride before going to a pantry or soup kitchen. Many are hard-working, low-wage earners without health insurance who are trying to support families while dealing with medical bills, major car repairs or other situations that become financial crises because of their low incomes. Others are living on fixed incomes—people such as senior citizens or individuals with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Some are middle-income earners who have been laid off and have spent their savings while job hunting.

One of every four children in our service area struggles with hunger. In addition to eating groceries from pantries or even meals at soup kitchens, these children may receive food through one of TAFB’s Food for Kids programs.

How can a family or individual get food from Tarrant Area Food Bank?

Tarrant Area Food Bank does not provide food directly to people. We supply food across 13 counties to our Partner Agencies such as churches and community centers that then serve local individuals and families.

Enter your ZIP code in our Find Food map to view a list of local agencies that provide food assistance. Our Community Resources team also helps people apply for SNAP, financial assistance and other aid. Learn more.

In addition, individuals and families seeking food assistance can find help by calling the three-digit phone number 2-1-1 or if calling from a cell phone, dial 817-258-8100. These two phone numbers reach United Way’s information and referral staff, who can share information about local community resource agencies.

How many people volunteer at Tarrant Area Food Bank?

In FY 2020, volunteers donated 50,700 hours of their time to support our mission.

Does Tarrant Area Food Bank offer volunteer opportunities for court-ordered community service?

Yes. Individuals with court-ordered community service, including lawyer-referred service or teen court, may volunteer in Quality Control. An orientation prior to beginning their service hours is required. Learn more.

Does Teen Court send kids to Tarrant Area Food Bank?

Teen Court recognizes donation of food and volunteer work performed at Tarrant Area Food Bank as community service.

Can high school and college students volunteer to meet degree requirements for community service?

Yes. Volunteering at TAFB is a great way to gain community service hours.

Where does your financial support come from?

The majority of our financial support comes from donations made by individuals. We also receive grants from foundations and corporations.

What percentage of my donation goes toward feeding people?

What is the difference between a food bank and a food pantry?

A food bank is a central clearinghouse for millions of pounds of food donated by the food/grocery industry, as well as community donation and government assistance. A food bank covers one or many counties, providing food to individual food pantries that then pass out the food to their local communities. Food pantries are smaller, independent operations (typically churches, community centers, or other local establishments) that distribute food they received from the food bank directly to their community.

Does the food bank sell its food?

No. All food distributed from Tarrant Area Food Bank is done so free of charge to the client.

What is TAFB's food safety policy?