Nutrition Policy

Tarrant Area Food Bank cares about our community members. We hold ourselves accountable to serve the community with the following policies.

Statement of Purpose

Since our start in 1982, Tarrant Area Food Bank has supplied food to help families in need. We believe that access to healthy food is a basic human right and that all people deserve consistent, nutritious meals. We believe it is our responsibility to ensure that the food we distribute is high quality, nutritious and safe. The purpose of this policy is to support and guide food acquisition and distribution decisions and to encourage and emphasize health as a focus. This policy applies to food and beverages donated by the food industry and for those purchased by the food bank for all programs. Partners of TAFB are encouraged to adapt this policy as a guideline for promoting healthful food choices and when choosing food for their pantries[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1646430017882{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]

Policy Rationale and Benefits

Nutrition affects the onset, management, and outcome of many health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers1. Supported by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the foods we distribute are intended to promote good health and decrease nutrition-related disease for the people we serve.

The USDA defines food insecurity as the lack of consistent access to enough food for an active and healthy life2. Healthy People 2020 further defines food insecurity as the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money and other resources4. Those served by Tarrant Area Food Bank and its agency partners have limited access or limited resources to buy the nutritious foods that is critical to their overall health, growth, and development. Tarrant Area Food Bank is committed to providing healthy foods to those we serve.

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Healthful Foods to Encourage

We encourage the following foods to promote good health:

  • Lean proteins, such as meat, poultry, seafood; eggs; nuts, seeds, beans and lentils
  • Fruits and vegetables
    • Fresh fruits and vegetables
    • Canned or frozen fruits – fruit packed in water or in its own juice
    • Canned or frozen vegetables – low-sodium or no salt added
  • Low-fat dairy foods
  • Whole grains and whole grain-rich foods

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Products to Redirect

Tarrant Area Food Bank does not accept or distribute:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Soft Drinks
  • Tobacco and items containing nicotine
  • Diet products containing appetite suppressants
  • Energy drinks
  • Items containing CBD
  • Items that suggest performance enhancement
  • Items that we deem are non-nutritious

Foods Not Covered by This Policy (Exceptions)

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