Ready To Learn

Tarrant Area Food Bank’s Ready to Learn program is a children’s initiative that will sharpen the focus and broaden the impact on educational outcomes through

  • expansion of in-school pantries
  • targeted kids’ programming
  • and the construction of a kid-friendly market where families can receive nutritious groceries on-site at TAFB

With the Ready to Learn program, TAFB will ensure that children throughout the 13 counties that they serve are well-fed, healthy, and thriving. The Food Bank plans to accomplish this by doubling the number of in-school pantries to over 100 by the end of this year to guarantee that children have the most important school supply they need – food. Children that aren’t receiving proper meals and nutrition have behavioral issues, are sick more often, and fall behind in school. More in-school pantries will help provide fresh food for thousands of families at a location that is accessible and convenient to them.

In addition to doubling the number of in-school pantries, Tarrant Area Food Bank plans to open its new Ready to Learn Center next year. The Ready to Learn Center, located at Tarrant Area Food Bank, will include a market where families and children can shop for healthy, nutritious food. It will also include various kids’ programming such as a learning garden, cooking classes and food education classes.

For more information, please reach out to Stephen Raeside, Chief Development & External Affairs Officer, at or 817-857-7125.

Youth Initiatives


Help children understand the effects of hunger on mental health and well-being. This presentation enables youth to identify the signs and help peers struggling with hunger. Presentations are free and can be paired with a mobile food distribution.


Age-appropriate nutrition education for pre-k – 12th grade. Classes can be done at a host location, TAFB, or a collaboration of both. Each class will include hands-on activities and a healthy snack.


Open to high school seniors who are ready to lead, serve and advocate for issues affecting their community.

For questions regarding our Youth Initiatives, please contact Viviana Mendez at